American Psycho - * 1/2*

Mary Harron will direct this adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about a wall street yuppie (Christian Bale) who moonlights as a serial killer. Jared Leto, Chloe Sevigny, Guinevere Turner, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Bill Sage, Willem Dafoe, Steve Zahn, Justin Theroux and Matt Ross will also star. The script was written by Harron and Guinevere Turner.

Capsule Review: A brilliant performance by Christian Bale can’t quite keep this soulless movie afloat. He captures the hollowness of Patrick Bateman, a yuppie serial killer whose mask of sanity has a few cracks. It’s too bad the film’s message (which never gets beyond equating senseless materialism with senseless violence) isn’t as layered as Bale’s performance. American Psycho ends up not violent enough for the book’s hardcore fans, and not meaningful enough for anyone else.

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