Published December 08, 2005.The MachinistDirected by: Brad Anderson(Paramount)This absorbing little claustrophobic thriller is notable mostly for the physical transformation undergone by lead Christian Bale. His body becomes a character in the film?the actor starved himself to a frighteningly skeletal extreme. Watch The Machinist with Batman Begins and the level of his obsessive physical commitment to his work is clear.Carsten KnoxCategories: Best of the year (2005)

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