Fight Club

All films take a certain suspension of disbelief. Fight Club takes perhaps more than others, but if you're willing to let yourself get caught up in the anarchy, this film, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, is a modern-day morality play warning of the decay of society. Edward Norton is the unnamed protagonist, a man going through life on cruise control, feeling nothing. To fill his hours, he begins attending support groups and 12-step meetings. True, he isn't actually afflicted with the problems, but he finds solace in the groups. This is destroyed, however, when he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), also faking her way through groups. Spiraling back into insomnia, Norton finds his life is changed once again, by a chance encounter with Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), whose forthright style and no-nonsense way of taking what he wants appeal to our narrator. Tyler and the protagonist find a new way to feel release: they fight. They fight each other, and then as others are attracted to their ways, they fight the men who come to join their newly formed Fight Club. Marla begins a destructive affair with Tyler, and things fly out of control, as Fight Club grows into a nationwide fascist group that escapes the protagonist's control. Fight Club, directed by David Fincher (Seven), is not for the faint of heart; the violence is no holds barred. But the film is captivating and beautifully shot, with some thought-provoking ideas. Pitt and Norton are an unbeatable duo, and the film has some surprisingly humorous moments. The film leaves you with a sense of profound discomfort and a desire to see it again, if for no other reason than to just to take it all in. --Jenny Brown

Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Fincher
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 34 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.8
Metacritic:
66
Rotten Tomatoes:
79%
R (Restricted)
Year:
1999
139
Website
22,965 Views

[Tyler and Narrator stop outside a convenience store at night. Tyler takes out a gun and walks into the store to do their homework assignment of a "human sacrifice", while Narrator protests. Tyler forces the clerk out the back exit at gun point.]

Voice-over:
On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everybody drops to zero.

Narrator:
Stop! What are we doing? Come on! God!

Tyler Durden:
Hands behind your back. Give me your wallet.

[The clerk, now kneeling, hands him his wallet.]

Tyler Durden:
Raymond K. Hessel. 1320 South East spanning apartment A. Small cramped basement apartment, Raymond?

Raymond K. Hessel:
How did you know?

Tyler Durden:
'Cause they give shitty basement apartments letters instead of numbers. Raymond, you are going to die.

[Raymond begins to cry. Tyler examines content of the wallet.]

Tyler Durden:
Is that your mom and dad? Mom and Dad are going to have to call up kindly Doctor So-and-so. Pick up your dental records. Wanna know why? Because there's gonna be nothing left of your face.

Narrator:
Oh come on, come on.

Tyler Durden:
An expired community college student ID. What did you study, Raymond?

Raymond K. Hessel:
S-stuff.

Tyler Durden:
Stuff? Were the mid-terms hard? I asked you what you studied!

Raymond K. Hessel:
Biology mostly.

Tyler Durden:
Why?

Raymond K. Hessel:
I don't know.

Tyler Durden:
What did you wanna be, Raymond K. Hessel? The question, Raymond! Was "What did you want to be"?!

Narrator:
Answer him, Raymond! Jesus!

Raymond K. Hessel:
Veterinarian, veterinarian.

Tyler Durden:
Animals.

Raymond K. Hessel:
Yeah animals and stuff.

Tyler Durden:
And stuff, yeah I got that. That means you have to get more schooling.

Raymond K. Hessel:
Too much school.

Tyler Durden:
Would you rather be dead? Would you rather die? Here, on your knees in the back of a convenience store?

Raymond K. Hessel:
No, please no!

[Tyler takes his gun down, takes out Raymond's driver's license throwing the wallet in front of Raymond.]

Tyler Durden:
I'm keeping your license. I'm gonna check in on you. I know where you live. If you're not on your way to becoming a veterinarian in six weeks, you will be dead. Now run on home.

[Raymond gets up and runs into the night.]

Tyler Durden:
Run Forrest, run!

Narrator:
I feel ill.

Tyler Durden:
Imagine how he feels.

Narrator:
Come on, this isn't funny! That wasn't funny. What the fuck was the point of that?!

Tyler Durden:
Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. Hessel's life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted.

Voice-over:
You had to give it to him. He had a plan. And it started to make sense in a Tyler sort of way. No fear, no distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.

[Tyler throws gun to Narrator who opens the cylinder to find no bullets inside.]

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