The Machinist

The film tells the story of Trevor Reznik, who suffers from insomnia. Trevor is a machinist working in a factory who has been experiencing severe sleep problems for the past year.

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The Machinist
The Machinist

CREDITS 

Year of Production: 2004 

Genre: Thriller 

Director: Brad Anderson 

Cast: Christian Bale 

 

STORY 

The film tells the story of Trevor Reznik, who suffers from insomnia. Trevor is a machinist working in a factory who has been experiencing severe sleep problems for the past year. As Trevor struggles to sleep, he becomes physically and mentally weaker each day. He begins to distance himself from his coworkers and boss, and the only person in his life is the waitress, Maria. One day, Trevor causes an accident at work which results in a worker losing his arm, and he feels guilty for his involvement. As a result, he is ostracized by his coworkers. Trevor also begins to believe that someone is following him and leaving messages for him. As his life spirals out of control, Trevor struggles to differentiate between reality and hallucination, and he investigates the cause of his sleep disorder. Eventually, Trevor is forced to confront the dark secrets of his past. The film provides a great example of how insomnia can affect a person while also captivating the audience with its thrilling scenes. 

 

CHARACTER ANALYSIS 

  • Trevor Reznik 

Trevor lost his mother at a young age and was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a young child a year ago. He has been experiencing sleep problems ever since. Additionally, he has difficulty with social support due to living alone for years. He has lost a lot of weight due to insomnia and appears skeletal. He feels constantly physically exhausted. His lack of focus caused the work accident, which is a prime example of his situation. He exhibits irritable behavior during waking hours, and he experiences delusions. He believes that someone named Ivan is following him and threatening him. 

 

INSOMNIA 

  • Causes 

Insomnia, or sleep disorder, is a condition where the quality or quantity of sleep is inadequate. There can be many different causes, but the most common reasons include stress, anxiety, depression, physical pain or discomfort, side effects of medication, and irregular sleep patterns. 

  • Symptoms 

Symptoms of insomnia or sleep disorder include frequent awakenings during sleep, difficulty falling asleep, early awakening, inadequate sleep duration, feeling tired, daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and restlessness. Long-term insomnia can negatively affect physical and mental health and lower quality of life. 

 

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