The last time director David Fincher and Brad Pitt got together, the incredibly awesome Seven was created. This time, along with Edward Norton, they have made Fight Club, a pretty cool but not quite as spectacular film about underground fight clubs that go a little out of control.
Edward Norton is the real star of the show, and he delivers a comical and convincing performances. He plays the perfect loser, without any life or reason, any direction or point. He goes to random meetings that are meant for tuberculosis victims, cancer victims, and so forth just so that he can get some sleep. Well, until he meets Tyler, played by Brad Pitt. Tyler starts the fights.
Here's some questions to consider while watching Fight Club: If the first two rules are not to talk about Fight Club, how do the initial few members other than Pitt and Norton become aware of it? And how do ordinary people become mindless drones?
"Drones?" you say. You'll just have to see the movie, but it is much more extensive than just a bunch of guys beating each other senseless. In fact, Fight Club is so twisted and intricate that the ending is one hell of a shocker, along the lines of The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense. No matter how hard you think, you won't guess what it is.
The movie does have some seriously violent parts, but no where as much as some of the censors mentioned. Now, I could just be desensitized, but I don't know. Some of the scenes were really ugly, though, such as where they beat people to bloody pulps. I just can't see ordinary people doing these things, although I guess that's the point.
Nevertheless, this movie has some cool direction. David Fincher has everything from flashbacks to trippy camera movements, and I especially liked the part where Norton is walking through a furniture catalog. Another great part is where Brad Pitt points out a dot in the corner of the screen that depicts where one reel of film ends and the next begins.
Fight Club is disturbing in some parts but still an ingenious film. The only problem is to fully understand it you have to go back and see it again, and this really isn't a film you'd want to see twice.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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