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American Psycho


USA 2000, 98 minutes
Dir. Mary Harron
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Suspense/Crime / Controversy

Topics: Period 1980s.


Aroview: Mercifully sanitised adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' controversial novel, that wallowed in the depraved mind/antics of a homicidal Wall Street yuppie in the mid 1980s.

The female adaptation team take a satirical approach, which while making it more palatable, can't offer much more than heavy-handed irony or escape the feeling that it was just made at least a decade too late. And like the novel, too, it finds itself with nowhere to go once it's shown its limited, axe-wielding hand. Plus points are the striking 80s production design and Christian Bale's charismatic profile in the lead role. Music by John Cale.

NZ International Film Festival 2000

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