Wow. What a film!
Christian Bale is Patrick Bateman, a handsome, privileged man with a great job, a good looking secretary (Chloe Sevigny), a beautiful fiancÚ played by Reese Witherspoon and an immaculate stylish home furnished with only the best which makes me recall a remark he makes. "I experienced a moment of sheer panic when I noticed that his apartment looks out over the park, and was clearly more expensive than mine.'
Unfortunately aside from being a fairly superficial human being Patrick also battles inner demons, demons that sit on each shoulder and suggest that he do horrible things to random people, things involving axes, chainsaws, agony and dismemberment. He kills because he enjoys it; and he has no feelings for anyone other than himself. Christian Bale is absolute genius. He goes from being a crazy and deluded killer, to a panicky nerd, to a corny music-buff know-it-all, to a self obsessed business man. After the murder of a rival, Paul Allen (Jared Leto), a private investigator (Willem Dafoe) starts to pick up his trail as Bateman starts to go mental in covering his tracks.
The ending of the movie is obscure, which allows the viewer to come to their own conclusions. But whether the viewer chooses to believe that Bateman did in fact brutally murder over a dozen people, or that all of the incidences simply occurred within his restless and unhinged mind, it cannot be denied that this is a fascinating and wildly entertaining masterpiece.
"My nightly bloodlust has overflowed into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy."