Tag: AMERICAN PSYCHO
There’s perhaps no other character study this mercilessly satirical, or this inclined to ride the bloody surface of an American symbol all the way to the end. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) never lifts off the screen to be anything but a rampaging, lampooning, psychotic cartoon. He shivers at the sight of a watermark on Paul Allen’s business card, a phallic comparison; sexuality replaced by the scented highs of Bone and Silian Rail. Bateman never ceases to be a representation of the bottomless pit of American consumerism, and he embodies that as a mass murdering loon. It’s because of what he stands for that the film makes no efforts in humanizing him, because, well, what’s human about the shit that moves at the top of American capital?