Its worth noting that Bateman is aware of his insanity – if anything, he is amazed that no-one seems to care. The first act shows Bateman calling after a waitress stating how he would like to twiddle his fingers in her blood – but no-one seems to notice or care. It is set in the 80’s, so i would assume this superficial and materialistic context is what creates these drone-like human characters that surround Bateman. Only “Kristy” – a prostitute used and abused – seems to have an interesting personality emerging in the two sequences she is in. The set-up is ‘Patrick Bateman is clearly a psychopath and kills tramps and probably others’ … only when he kills Paul Allen (Leto) and this is followed up by a detective (Dafoe) do we begin to understand where the story will probably go and – even though the case is what keeps us watching – as he brandishes a chainsaw to kill a victim, we realise that it is his mounting insanity and homicidal tendencies that is the problem. This, in turn, leads to a huge shoot-out finale and a confession that concludes the last act. How this plays a part to the end is what makes the film somewhat unique.
He finds out that nobody really knows who anybody else is, he finds that the apartment whereby he killed most his victims has been repainted and sold on – with only a strange woman who neither shows knowledge of ignorance of what happened in the flat. Did she know? Has it been covered up? Has Allen’s family assumed he was the killer and simply hidden everything? All these possibilities are unimportant – the fact is, all the politics and economic factors override the truth: that Bateman is a free man and, because of the lack of personality and unnamed people, he can do, pretty much, what he wants in such a corrupt society. Most people Bateman knows also feels that he is a “dork” – even though we see a much more eccentric character – clearly he does not project such a clever or intelligent image as no-one really knows him at all. I have heard that the misunderstanding of names is a huge factor in Bret Easton Ellis’ novel and so this factor in the finale is an important one.
I cannot praise this film enough and I think the next thing I need to do is buy the soundtrack: Huey Lewis and the News, Phil Collins … all good stuff! I’m sure it was £3 in Fopp last time I checked. One thing which I shall never buy, watch or touch is the DVD of American Psycho 2 starring regular sequel-child Robin Dunne. Plonker. Cruel Intentions 2, The Skulls 2, Species 3 … my god.