Fight Club

Fight Club

4.7 145
Director: David Fincher

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter

     
 

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In this darkly comic drama, Edward Norton stars as a depressed young man (named in the credits only as "Narrator") who has become a small cog in the world of big business. He doesn't like his work and gets no sense of reward from it, attempting instead to drown his sorrows by putting together the "perfect" apartment. He can't sleep and feels alienated from the world… See more details below

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In this darkly comic drama, Edward Norton stars as a depressed young man (named in the credits only as "Narrator") who has become a small cog in the world of big business. He doesn't like his work and gets no sense of reward from it, attempting instead to drown his sorrows by putting together the "perfect" apartment. He can't sleep and feels alienated from the world at large; he's become so desperate to relate to others that he's taken to visiting support groups for patients with terminal diseases so that he'll have people to talk to. One day on a business flight, he discovers Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charming iconoclast who sells soap. Tyler doesn't put much stock in the materialistic world, and he believes that one can learn a great deal through pain, misfortune, and chaos. Tyler cheerfully challenges his new friend to a fight. Our Narrator finds that bare-knuckle brawling makes him feel more alive than he has in years, and soon the two become friends and roommates, meeting informally to fight once a week. As more men join in, the "fight club" becomes an underground sensation, even though it's a closely guarded secret among the participants. (First rule: Don't talk about fight club. Second rule: Don't talk about fight club.) But as our Narrator and Tyler bond through violence, a strange situation becomes more complicated when Tyler becomes involved with Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), whom our Narrator became infatuated with when they were both crashing the support-group circuit. Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club was directed by David Fincher, who previously directed Pitt in the thriller Seven.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Unrelentingly savage and diabolically witty, Fight Club romanticizes violence as the last recourse of men who feel emasculated by the drudgery and predictability of modern urban life. That sentiment is initially articulated by narrator Edward Norton, playing an angst-ridden corporate drone who anesthetizes himself with mindless consumerism and support-group participation. Norton's unnamed character is roused from his torpor after encountering soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt, sweeping away the last vestiges of his glamour-boy image), charismatic leader of disaffected males who hold clandestine meetings and achieve self-realization by pummeling one another into submission. Director David Fincher (Seven), working from an irony-laced script by Jim Uhls (adapted from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk), drenches his able cast in testosterone and assaults the audience with graphic sequences of hand-to-hand combat. Mesmerizing in its almost fetishistic depiction of brutality, Fight Club seizes the viewer's attention from the beginning and grips it firmly through the shocking surprise ending.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A definitive case of a movie that has yet to find its time, David Fincher's unnerving and cataclysmic look at the male psyche takes no prisoners and makes no apologies, which is precisely why the film is so powerful. A kind of stepchild to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange in terms of its thematic relevancy and misunderstood nature, Fight Club looks and feels like almost nothing that has preceded it. Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter all successfully subvert their onscreen personas, and give fully committed portrayals that never get buried in the film's dazzling set pieces. More than any film of the 1990s, it was hotly debated in terms of its cinematic worth. Some critics deemed it fascist and overheated, condemning the film for its refusal to a create an easily delineated platform on the issues it raises. Others praised the film for this very reason, citing its ability to challenge the minds of moviegoers. The film was a surprising misfire in its initial release, but a legion of die-hard fans subsequently developed. It wouldn't be at all surprising if it goes on to achieve the delayed status of a work such as Blade Runner, another film panned by critics and audiences when it was released that is now viewed as a significantly influential movie and a banner example of film theory on screen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
UPC:
0024543003069
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox

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