A sensationalized paranoia movie that is one long preparation for a massacre. It creates a tight, obsessive, suffocating world that excludes `normal’ outlets for relief, rest, connection, gratification. Robert DeNiro is superb as a lonely, impotent, insomniac ex-marine provoked to orgasmic carnage. it is definitely not suitable for the squeamish, the impressionable or the very young.
Loneliness seems to capture the soul that is Travis Bickle. He is an alienated man, unable to establish a normal relationship. Almost every action taken by him to make a meeningful connection with others might seem like good intentions at first but end up in failure.