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American Psycho: a compelling reflection

Whether you’re looking for a compelling drama or in the mood for blood spatter and gratuitous sex scenes, American Psycho is the movie for you. Released in 2000, American Psycho stars Christian Bale, with cameos by Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, and Willem Dafoe.

Set in New York in the 1980’s, American Psycho follows twenty-seven-year-old Patrick Bateman ( Bale) as he goes about his everyday life. Being a wealthy yuppie, his day consists mainly of an extensive primping routine, dining at the finest restaurants in New York City, and killing people. He kills out of jealousy, passion, any emotion that makes him forget his cool, numb facade and makes him remember who he really is- a lost little boy looking for acceptance. As his victim count grows, Bateman’s sanity slips until there is no more line remaining between his rality and his nightmares.

This intriguing story taps into the mind of anyone who’s ever been a victim to peer pressure. Because American Psycho portays a man as a flawed human instead of a killing machine, every viewer can relate to Patrick Bateman as he strips himself of anything that draws attention to himself as an individual to survive in an environment where it is not okay to stand out.

Bateman’s remaining individual quality was his love for music. American Psycho’s rocking soundtrack features artists from the decade, including Phil Colins, Huey Lewis, and Bill Palmer to name a few. Music was Bateman’s security blaket, so to speak. Music was a central part in the film, as you could hear his thoughts through the lyrics. The song selection throughout the movie was clever.

American Psycho is a cornucopia of action, suspense, and thrill. With emotion and gore this film is strong enough for the men, yet made for the women.

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