The Case Of Insomnia By Trevor Reznik Essay

1412 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Trevor Reznik is a machinist in a factory. An extreme case of insomnia has led to him not sleeping in a year, and his body withering away to almost nothing. He has an obsessive compulsion to write himself reminder notes and keep track of his dwindling weight, both scribbled on yellow pieces of paper in his apartment. The only person he lets into his life in an emotional sense is Stevie, a prostitute, although he has an infatuation with Maria, a single mother waitress working in an airport diner. His co-workers don 't associate with and mistrust him because of not knowing what’s going on in his life that has led to his emaciated physical appearance. A workplace incident further alienates him with his coworkers, and in conjunction with some unfamiliar pieces of paper he finds in his apartment, Trevor believes that someone or some people - probably one or some of his coworkers - are out to get him, using a phantom employee named Ivan as their front. As Trevor goes on a search for evidence as to Ivan 's schemes and whereabouts, Trevor may come to a true understanding of what has caused his insomnia. Reznik, in an extremely disturbed state of mind towards the end of the film begins to understand what are the initial causes of his insomnia and the subsequent development of his paranoid psychosis. However, he refuses to seek help of any kind.

I do not intend to reveal the whole movie plot of The Machinist, but wish to consider the way in which the film provides us with…

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