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Fight Club

A 1999 movie starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt based on the book of the same name.

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I say never be complete. I say stop being perfect. I say let's evolve - Fight Club

  • Jun 23, 2009
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Fight Club - 1999

 If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this is useless fine print is another second off your life. Don't you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can't think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all who claim it? Do you read everything you're supposed to read? Do you think everything you're supposed to think? Buy what you're told you should want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned... Tyler"

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Tania's Review:

The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club. 

I'm all about breaking group think rules, so let us discuss this movie. 

My first impressions of this film, and of the main characters inhabited by the actors Edward Norten and Brad Pitt, is of gratitude that I never fell for the ideology of group-think.  The film itself was a visual treat for its time, dark and gritty, with the special effects enhancing the story arc and not smothering it.  Splicing in nansecond images of Brad was a clever echoing of the storyline. Did you catch all the instances in this movie, I did.

Both actors were incredibly believable in their roles - you do not see Brad Pitt and Edward Norton - only Tyler Durden.

Is this an allegory for the redemption of man's self determination?  Yes and...No.  As Jack reflects on the beginning of the tumultuous relationship with Tyler, you see what the PC generation has wrought. Stripped of every drop of animus by strict adherence to political correctness, he tries to fill the gap with furniture from Ikea and attending various cancer support groups.  This is the pathetic heap that calls himself Jack  when he strikes up a friendship with Tyler. And yes, I do mean STRIKE.   After discovering his condo blew up, he finds himself at an all-night diner with Tyler, major kung-fu occurs and the Fight Club is born.

 Jack's passive aggressive behavior is at odd with the world around him. - as is with any passive aggressive personality.  Real change is difficult and most people need a catalyst in order to change. That catalyst is named Tyler Durben.  Tyler is everything Jack is not but dreams of being.  In a  refreshing, yet violent way Jack slowly reclaims his lost self.  As the story rolled along, the change from emancipation to yet another form of servitude became more evident.  There are people in this world who do not want to be a rugged individualists but seek out servitude of one kind or another. They simply WANT to be sheeple - "In Tyler We Trust".  At the end of this movie, Jack finds himself back in a same predicament that instigated his rebellious rejection of his life. 

This movie brilliantly reminds us how quickly emancipation can become servitude. This movie shines an unflinching light on this particular human trait and is a great source for thought on this subject.  

Tania's Verdict:

Go out and add this to your movie collection - NOW.


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June 29, 2009
Fight Club is far and away one of my ALL TIME favorite movies. They're both amazing, but Norton gives a life changing performance. great review!
June 25, 2009
Absolutely fantastic review. I haven't seen the film as yet, but I will now. It sounds like the kind of challenging movie I enjoy. Thanks.
June 23, 2009
Great definitely achieved writing in the tone of the movie.
June 23, 2009
I *loved* this review - you make many points that haven't even been touched upon by professional reviewers. This is one of those films that you either love or hate - and I tend to stay away from people who hate it! Thanks!!
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Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
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FIGHT CLUB is narrated by a lonely, unfulfilled young man (Edward Norton) who finds his only comfort in feigning terminal illness and attending disease support groups. Hopping from group to group, he encounters another pretender, or "tourist," the morose Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), who immediately gets under his skin. However, while returning from a business trip, he meets a more intriguing character--the subversive Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). They become fast friends, bonding over a mutual disgust for corporate consumer-culture hypocrisy. Eventually, the two start Fight Club, which convenes in a bar basement where angry men get to vent their frustrations in brutal, bare-knuckle bouts. Fight Club soon becomes the men's only real priority; when the club starts a cross-country expansion, things start getting really crazy.

Like Tyler Durden himself, director David Fincher?s FIGHT CLUB, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, is startlingly aggressive and gleefully mischievous as it skewers...
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 15, 1999
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Chuck Palahniuk, Jim Uhls
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
Runtime: 2hrs 19min
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