This film has more than enough going for it and deserves its cult status.
Christian Bale, long before he donned a black cape and mask, played another millionaire playboy. However, this role is completely opposite to the one he gained fame for. Showing the darker side of the rich, his portrayal of Patrick Bateman is the main strength of the film. Balancing the different styles of the character, the ambitious playboy or the murderous craven, the audience is never fully able to understand what mood the character is in at any given time. This is perhaps one of the early roles that outlined the young actors promise and ability to carry a film franchise that would led into being one of the largest ever commissioned. His role is engrossing and awesome to watch.
Post Modern in the way that the plot is handled, this film follows Wall Street Yuppie Patrick Bateman (played iconically by Christian Bale), a man who on the outset seems to have it all; wealth, charisma, a high ranking job and a sought after girlfriend. Only with a blood lust that cannot be halted, during the night, Bateman controls these urges by heading into the streets and killing people that not only annoy him but anyone who crosses his path. Struggling with the growing desire to do more and more wrong, this film chronicles the slow demise into the maddened state that even the rich and powerful can tumble within. It is captivating to watch, with Bateman narrating the film in a style very much like a confession.
You follow precisely his fall into the state, shocked at his antics (especially the scene involving the dog), but eventually you realise the need the character has to gain some punishment for his crime. It is through this change of emotion that the film keeps audience members engrossed. Although the film has a confusing and relatively thin plot line, compared to most other thrillers in the same mold, this film has more than enough going for it and deserves its cult status.