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.
4 stars (Very Good) Brilliant adaptation of an even more explicit novel, with a perfect role for the egocentric Bale (who plays a brilliant psychopath), you'll never be quite sure what Bateman will do next. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to return some videotapes.~Tom H
1 star (Turkey) Perhaps I need to read the book, but this just came off as rather stupid satire about a delusional psychotic, completely shallow, investment banker who may or may not be a homicidal maniac. Yawn.~GenXGirl
4 stars (Very Good) Seems to be saying that Bateman's tragedy is that his transgressions (his only hope of self-definition) count for nothing in the heartless world he inhabits. Excellent, disturbing. "Now try getting a $%! table at Dorsia!".~HiFi