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16 February 2014 By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer One Comment

Before Christian Bale was Batman, he was Bateman – and not the good kind, the one with the beers and the crab pretzels.

“American Psycho” is now on Netflix, and his role in the controversial black comedy is one of Christian Bale’s defining performances.

Patrick Bateman (Bale) seems to have it all. He makes a fortune at his job as an investment banker and he’s attractive, young and in good shape. But inwardly, Bateman is cold and narcissistic, and the only emotion he’s truly capable of feeling is jealousy. He watches himself in the mirror while he has sex. He has no issue with cheating on his fiancée or making her cry. He seethes when his co-workers have nicer things than he does.

What separates Bateman from the average jerk, though, is his taste for blood.

When Bateman doesn’t get what he wants – or if he’s bored – he murders.

His envy leads him to butcher his coworker Paul Allen (Jared Leto), and the deaths only become more violent and horrific from there. Bateman’s murders grow sloppy and obvious to the point of hilarity, yet it seems like his wealth and status might protect him from ever being caught. But will it?

This isn’t a light movie by any means. It’s a movie you don’t want to watch with your parents, unless your parents are cool with prostitutes being sliced up with chainsaws after sex scenes. But “American Psycho” is also a social commentary that still holds up.

Sometimes terrible people win or get what they want just because they have money or power or looks, even if they’re secretly serial killers.

Life isn’t fair, and neither is Patrick Bateman.


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