Oh man am I loving this movie! Others have recommended it to me as elements in its extremism are similar to my own writing. Ummm. Not really - except that I'll take things as far as they can possibly go, like this movie does (I bought the book by Brent Easton Ellis, but still need to read it).
I perpetuate a similar misogynistic view of women as well, though one of my leading psychos in my story is a lady. Well I'd describe her as a total... word the autocensor bleeps out.
In this (Batman) Christian Bale plays the lead. A metrosexual and killer in the extreme (love how they did the axe murder and how he starts talking about 80's music, haha) and Willem DaFoe (Green Goblin, "Variable to Knife: come in") plays the detective investigating him.
I haven't finished watching the feature. I'm at the part after my hero Patrick Bateman has killed one of his law partners and mutilated several escort girls / prostitutes (oh the call girl scene was brilliant and so realistic! It was too funny actually.) Then the lawyers are sitting around at one of their posh cocktail places talking about how unintelligent and uninteresting women are - except for the obvious reason men like them.
Bateman is a heroic character in the tradition of Tom Leykus! I had to pause the movie to post how much I admire this piece!
On top of it, every self-righteous idiot will post about how moral they are - they respect other people and yada-yada-yada.
I love it. Bateman has it straight: women do what you want when you put money in their hands and their dignity is for sale. Worthless people are worthless, and while others are crying foul about abortions, and proclaiming their own morality, why limit the murdered to babies? Kill whomever won't be missed! Get the axe! The knives! KILL!
I should have watched this movie ages ago. Not sure how old it is, but I think it must have been fairly recent based on Bale's age being close to what it was in Batman Begins.
But fortunately, immorality still covers much unexplored territory and my own work is original and very different from this - if just as insulting, denigrating, debasing, and immoral.
Dang! Wouldn't homicide be a fun hobby if you could still get away with it?!
Anyway, I'm just giddy with bloodlust watching this and I hope Bateman gets away with this and takes down more targets - like some of the snobs in his office, his fiance, (I think he recognizes the futility of marriage), and perhaps those people that argued with him at the dry cleaners. A beautiful way to end the story would be to have him kill the cop who's investigating him (DaFoe) and get away with everything in the end. It begs the question "Can the killer ever kill enough that a bloodlust gets satisfied?"
I hope we find out. It would be ashame if Bateman, as "the good guy," gets taken down.
I totally recommend this movie - though I think the killings could have been filmed even more graphically. I want a full body dismemberment scene in my piece to show Cheerios and bits of undigested salad emptying out of a human victim's splayed open stomach similarly to the way they show sharks being gutted in fishing documentaries. The graphic horror of it needs to be taken to the uttermost shocking extreme. So far, in this film, that hasn't happened yet. But surely I'm going to get to more blood, so I can only hope!