Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!
Well, guess that wraps up my review!
Just kidding of course. Fight Club is a movie about an automobile company employee who travels to accident sites to perform product recall cost appraisals and his boring life as we learn in the voice over. The narrator is Edward Norton who went on a winning streak with his early roles in Primal Fear, American History X and also this film. He suffer from insomnia and instead of a “healthy” doses of prescription drugs most doctors will prescribe his doctor denies him medication and suggests that he starts visiting a support group for testicular cancer victims in order to appreciate real suffering. Not only does it indeed cure his insomnia, it gets him addicted. Then Marla shows up. She’s a ’tourist‘ like he is. The fact that she’s faking disturbs his consumption of suffering and the insomnia returns. They set up a schedule like two divorced parents battling over custody; I’ll take the blood parasites. But I’m gonna take the organic brain dementia, okay?
Then Tyler walks into his life.
Tyler is the badass who does everything you and I are too affraid to do. Affraid to get caught and such. Tyler works as a waiter but urinates in the food, Tyler works in a movietheatre but inserts pornographic slides in familymovies, and more of such things. Oh and Tyler also deals in soap. Busy man that Tyler is.
Now from the moment he meets Tyler his life takes a turn for the best. Gone is his insomnia as they start a Fight Club. An undergound boxing club in which men beat the shit out of each other with their bare fists. But Fight Club is just the beginning, eventually it will grow out to something we now call a terrorist organisation and the movie will revolve about a lot of things including the cool sounding “Project Mayhem”.
Fight Club has become a cult film. A script with surprises, strong acting with brilliantly formulated dialogue and a great visual style are responsible for this. Most people will enter this movie believing it’s a simple film about a couple of men starting fight club. By the time with wandered through an appartment presented to us as a page out of an Ikea folder we know there‘ more going on here than just a simple fighting film. The movie is dark and layered but also managed to generate many laughs, mainly generated by the antics of Brad Pitt as Tyler. He is as funny as he is scary. Like I said, he is the bad ass you and I want to be but would never dare to be.
In all it’s way a great film, Fight Club isn’t mindless popcorn entertainment. It requires thinking to follow it. It’s dark and depressing, but it’s also a movie that makes you think about society and our ignorance. You’ll never look at an Airplane Safety Guide the same or soap for that matter.