When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
A nameless first person narrator (Edward Norton) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he associates himself with Tyler (Brad Pitt) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is. Written by
Fight Club is one of the most unique films I have ever seen. In addition to
presenting a rather fresh take on life, FC also presents its material in a
fresh way. My main interest in the film is in that, in my opinion, it does
not present characters for us to think about. Rather, it presents actions
for us to think about. I will say that I cannot recall *ever* having been
"asked" by a film to both suspend my disbelief the way this film asks in
third act AND at the same time come to terms with an understanding that
there is no room--or need--for disbelief.
Perhaps these comments will not make sense to the average movie goer who
will dismiss this film--and, unfortunately, its premise--as another
hollywood flick filled with gratuitous violence. I'd go as far as to say
that this film is not about violence. It is about choices. It is about
activity. It is about lethargy. It is about waking up and realizing that at
some point in the past we've gone to the toilet and thrown up our dreams
without even realizing that society has stuck its fingers down our
I would argue that anyone caught, at some point in their lives, between a
rock and a hard place--anyone who has reached bottom on a mental
level--anyone who has uttered to themselves "Wait, this isn't right. I
not do/say/feel what it is that I just did/said/felt... I do not like this.
I must change before I am forever stuck being the person that I am not."
These people, they will know what I'm talking about. These people will not
only recognize the similarities between Edward Norton's character and
themselves--they will be uncomfortably familiar with him. These people will
appreciate Fight Club for what it is: a wake up call that we are not
As David Berman once said: "I'm afraid I've got more in common with who I
was than who I am becoming." If this sentence makes any sense to you, go
Fight Club. You won't regret it.
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