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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Most din't get the point of the ending
I feel that most of the reviews here have one common message: solid idea, good plot overall, WORST ENDING EVER! I used to share the same feelings, but after I carefully chewed over it again and after reading one review written in Chinese, I think I can't help but agree that most people are missing the point of the ending. The following is mostly based on that particular review I read.
First of all, vengeance was never (merely) Clyde's intention. Just like he said himself in the movie, "No Nick, I had 10 years of vengeance, if that's what I wanted....no I could have slaughtered you or your family anytime I wanted!" Getting this part straight is essential to understanding the film. Many people are hugely let down by the ending because Nick didn't die, but why does Nick have to die? It's because in our view, all this is about Clyde's vengeance. Well, it's not.
So, what else could it be? It's about war, a war that Clyde's launching against the entire corrupted justice system (whether or not it IS corrupted for efficiency sake is another topic), against everyone who is a part of it. So the next question is, why didn't Nick die? He was the one most directly responsible for it. The answer to this might be a little harder to pull together, but most likely, not only did Nick not have to die (since this is not about vengeance), most likely it was also Clyde's intention to keep Nick alive. As he said it towards the end of the movie, "Maybe I wasn't such a bad teacher after all." What was the lesson that he was trying to teach Nick? That he "doesn't make deals with murderers anymore". An expensive lesson indeed, at the expense of many lives. But that was the whole point of Clyde's campaign, he wants Nick to see what he sees, he's trying to educate, to make a point, to teach a bloody lesson that won't be forgotten. The ultimate objective of his campaign is to change Nick, so that he would live on and go back to who he used to be, the righteous district attorney who would NOT sacrifice justice for efficiency.
Fight Club (1999)
I hope this does not infringe copyright but first of all I have to quote this humourous commentary i saw somewhere:
"I thought I had already seen the worst movie of 1999 but after watching "Fight Club," this was wrong as "Fight Club" took the honor. There was no point to this film and it was the waste of talent for two otherwise excellent actors.
There is not much to say about "Fight Club" because there was nothing worthwhile to remember. After the first ten minutes of this film, I realized I was watching a film that is best described by the condition of the house the two lead characters were living in old, delapidated, rundown and an ugly home. Brad Pitt made a wrong career move selecting "Fight Club" and Edward Norton just wasn't thinking as he made his decision.
With a story that made no sense, action that was non-existent and performances that were poor; "Fight Club" was nothing more than a time and space filler for the studios. "
Well that was the most perfect demonstration of how a milestone movie can be spoilt by Spiderman-Independence Day-Titanic fans. No offense to those fans though, but this is a movie that compels you to think, like Matrix, like American Beauty. It's not a popcorn-and-tears movie. I'm sorry.
I've read plenty of reviews after I watched it coz I couldn't completely understand it. But the fact is, nobody seems to do either. So there're either too much gimmicks, or too much depth. I hope it's the latter.
To me, it is a movie that reflects on the age of modernization and commercialization. We are all slaves of the lives we pursue. To Tyler Durden, only destruction, which leads to nullifying the society established on paychecks and credit cards, can save the human beings out of this vicious cycle. It's a struggle against the loss of sanity or freedom in a capitalistic world. That's why fight club. That's why fighting.
So why the hell Jack(if that's his name) made a compromise to Tyler's ambition in the end? Coming back to reality? Tragedy of life?
Tyler Durden is so unforgettable. Brad Pitt put in an unparalleled performance.
The camerawork is revolutionary, I believe Matrix drew inspiration from it. And the dialogue is brilliant and stunning. In many ways it is comparable to American Beauty(browbeating the boss), which has a tragic ending as well. Both are classic.
The only thing I'm confused with is Helena's role. What the hell is she doing here? I hope it's not another Hollywood trick that murdered a masterpiece.