Fight Club

9 out of 10


Rules of Fight Club:
1. You do not talk about 'Fight Club'
2. You DO NOT talk about 'Fight Club'

"Fight Club" is among few movies make one wish to slap one’s own head at the end of it. It's based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, takes place in a modern setting warning of the collapse of society. Edward Norton, unnamed protagonist, is a young man has a well paid desk job yet feels emotionally and spiritually empty. Norton begins participating support groups in an effort to connect with others to release his emotional stress in attempt to attain a normal life style. He eventually finds comfort within the groups; however, this is ruined when he recognizes Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) is another faker in the groups. Edward is back into insomnia and feels nothing. Main actor finds his life is changed once again when he encounter with Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a man that persuades Edward to live his life freely with no fear. Tyler quotes, “the things you own will end up owning you”, “self-improvement is masturbation” and “self-destruction might be the answer”. Tyler and the protagonist expose a new way to feel liberated: they fight each other. These two characters battle until the other can no longer fight. As a result of Pitt and Norton actions attract men come to join their newly formed ‘Fight Club’. First rule of ‘Fight Club’: You do not talk about Fight Club. Second rule of ‘Fight Club’: You DO NOT talk about Fight Club. Marla once again involves herself with Edward and has an affair with Tyler. Things for Edward fly out of control as ‘Fight Club’ grows into a nationwide fascist group that focuses on changing society’s perception of consumerism, finance, and social status.

Fight Club, directed by David Fincher, is based on dark humour, violence, and captivates one’s attention throughout the picture and is beautifully shot with some thought provoking concepts. Fight Club will leave one presently perplexed enough to keep it longer than the rental return date.

“How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?” –Tyler Durden

Film Critic: Jane J Bang