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      A journey into the psychology of angst.

      Fight Club

      DVD and Movie review. This review contains a spoiler, which is clearly marked. Please feel free to skip that part if you wish.

      The reason

      The reason I chose to review fight Club is the fact that I got attacked by four males a few weeksago, after they tried to steal my dog. Walking home covered in blood and people asking me about how I got my yellow, blue and black bruises over the next few days reminded me of the book and movie. I'm fully recovered now, so here goes.

      Film and DVD Review

      As a collector of Edward Norton movies, Fight Club is naturally a favourite choice of mine when it comes to what I consider to be a good film. Norton is my favourite actor and has been for a number of years. His performance in Fight Club was a defining one.

      The Premise

      Ed Norton plays the part of the narrator and main character, who leads a mundane and melancholy existence. We shall call him Jack, although, officially he is not named. On most forums and reviews he is referred to as Jack due to a line he speaks in the movie, but his name isn't Jack.

      He is stuck in somewhat of a rut both at work and in his personal life. He has trouble sleeping and his world is spiraling into one of doom and despair. His typical day consists of looking over car wrecks for an insurance company while dreaming about the next piece of Ikeaesque future he can place in his near perfect, OCD fueled apartment. Everything in Jack's life is bland and unappealing.

      Then he meets Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt), an assured and outspoken soap salesman, while taking a work related flight. As part of his own therapy Jack visits numerous groups, most of which he does not suffer from the ailment or problem that the group discusses. Tyler Durden does not believe in these groups and he gets into a fight with Jack in a car park outside a bar after a few drinks. He does not believe in materialism and shuns the life of a regular guy. He believes that you are not the money in the bank or the white picket fence or the job you hold down. They are all things that are irrelevant to Tyler. They realise that the pain they experience and the high they achieve from the fight should be experienced by everyone. Their pain makes them feel alive.

      They start their own underground fight club and stage brutal fights between members of the club. They establish certain rules and soon gain a cult following with fight clubs popping up all over the US.
      Tyler starts to dominate jack and garners more sway with the group. When things start to get serious, Jack realises that he must put a stop to Fight Club. Tyler arranges groups to go out on the streets and wreak havoc, which ranges from petty theft and violence to crimes of a more serious nature. Tyler begins to plot against the government and plans the bombing of buildings and major businesses. Fight Club has been replaced by 'Project Mayhem' and anything that represents or stands for order is a target. Society as a whole is a target. It all spirals out of control and Jack knows he must stop Tyler, but it won't be that easy.
      The answer that faces Jack will change him forever.

      The first rule of Fight Club is 'You don't talk about Fight Club. The second rule is 'You don't talk about Fight Club'.

      The Cast and characters

      As I mentioned at the start of this review, Edward Norton plays the lead role as 'Jack' and boy does he play it well. He captures the depressive, morose disposition of Jack perfectly and turns the performance up a notch as the character becomes embroiled, literally, in the organizing and running of Fight Club. Norton displays the diversity he gave us in his first movie 'Primal Fear' and the grit and toughness of his performance in 'American History X'. A superb all round actor.

      Brad Pitt plays the role of Tyler Durden, the charismatic soap salesman. Pitt has worked with this director before and they have a good understanding and working relationship, which is evident from Pitt's performance and screen presence. Pitt gets bad press sometimes, a little like Tom Cruise used to, for being a 'pretty boy' and maybe landing roles because of his looks. Make no bones about it; Brad Pitt is an excellent actor and a very versatile one, able to turn his art into whatever the role demands of it. He plays the, sometimes, vile Tyler Durden to perfection. I can't think of anyone who could've played this role this well.
      Helena Bonham Carter plays the role of Marla Singer who attends self-help groups as Jack does, without necessarily suffering from the group ailment, illness or addiction. Her drab, sarcastic demeanor is the perfect supporting role for Norton and her dead pan deliveries are believable and darkly comic. Bonham Carter plays the role really well and you really get the sense of dread that surrounds her like a soaking wet, stinking blanket.

      Meatloaf plays the role of Robert 'Bob' Paulson. I'll never forget the first time I saw Ed Norton with his face buried in Meatloaf's fake breasts. I don't think Ed Norton will either. Meat had to endure a lot sweating and weight to walk around in the fat suit that was specially made for him. He plays the role really well and is also, like everyone else in the movie, very believable.

      Jared Leto appears in one of his first roles as 'Angelface', a blond pretty boy who gets absolutely smashed and hammered by Ed Norton in one of the movies more brutal and questionable moments. A lot of controversy surrounded the movie as a result of this scene but in my opinion it is not gratuitous and shows us just how far Jack has been consumed by his own demons.

      Director

      David Fincher directed Fight Club and did an amazing job. He had a vision that he had in mind for the movie after reading chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name.

      Fincher had numerous run-ins with Fox Productions over several lines of dialogue in the movie. In one original scene, Helen Bonham Carter's character, Marla lies in bed after sex and says 'I want to have your abortion'. Fox were not happy with this, especially their female boss. Fincher said he would change the line under the condition that no matter what happened the replacement line could not be changed.

      Fox, reluctantly, agreed. Fincher changed the line to 'I haven't been fucked like that since grade school', which as you can imagine didn't go down too well either, but it was left in the final cut of the movie.
      Fincher is a stickler for detail and likes to have everything just right. Some scenes took over fifty takes. He used of fifteen hundred reels of film. An average two hour movie uses roughly four hundred and fifty reels.
      Fincher also directed 'Seven', another great movie also starring Brad Pitt. Like Seven, Fight Club is a dark movie and not just because of its drab and sometimes depressive subject matter. It has a certain graininess to it that fits the scenes well and brings a raw ambience to the movie and an edgy feeling that draws you into each scene. And makes you want to scream at the same time. You almost feel Norton's angst on a feral level which makes this feel totally absorbing.

      Fincher used a number of subliminal shots in the movie alluding to the craze that swept through movies in the late seventies and early eighties. One such shot at the films credits would cause some controversy and earn the movie even more notoriety and press time. I will go into further detail on this further on in the review.
      Fincher worked closely with writer Jim Uhls and the script was shifted and changed on numerous occasions until they felt it was right.

      Subliminal shots

      There are a number of subliminal shots throughout the movie and if you are familiar with these then you know that the adage 'blink and you miss it' has never been more appropriate. At the end of the movie, on the credits, one of the sublims is a penis. It alludes to the penis that Tyler splices into the movie in his job as a movie projector. This did not go down well with the big wigs and the powers that be at fox and presumably the BBFC. But there it remains, possibly because as they watched the movie they all blinked at that precise moment. The use of subliminal shots is not new by any means but there use in Fight Club doesn't add or take away anything from a brilliantly made piece of art.

      Comparisons with the book

      Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 novel was successful enough but became a best seller after the movie was released.
      Palahniuk, suffered, as I did, at the hands of buffoons who thought it would be good to beat the crap out of him. When his work colleagues asked him what had happened he declined, leaving an air of mystery hanging in the office. This prompted him to write Fight Club and the reason for this same scene with Norton's character in his works office.

      One of the books chapters was an original short story after toying with the idea. It appeared in a short story compilation and was later used when Palahniuk adapted the story into a tale of novel length.
      For me books will always be better than movies even though I am a movie buff who used to own a video shop. There is so much more scope in books to get into the minds of the characters. Maybe that's the future; reading with visually implanted images to run alongside the book. You saw it here first!

      The DVD Bonus material

      The special edition DVD which I own is one of my favourite DVD's and I go back to it from time to time. There are two disks, chock full of bonuses.

      Disk One

      Disk one is the commentary disk. I love this and have watched the movie fully with the commentary on. The commentary is attended by David Fincher, Ed Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter. It really gives you an insight into the movie and helps give you a better understanding of the plot and Fincher's vision. Some of the on-set tales are kind of cool to hear as well; such as Norton and Pitt filming the golf scene, where they shoot golf balls into abandoned factory buildings. This was apparently filmed while they were drunk or to use their specific words 'loaded'. The cast and director are so complimentary of each other and you clearly feel that they have a special bond and friendship from making this movie that will last for years to come; hopefully in the form of more collaboration. If you're a fan of Fight Club then you simply have to watch the movie with the commentary on.

      Disk Two

      Here you will find a making-of, behind-the-scenes documentary. There is also commentary available for this. You can also watch it at multiple camera angles, which is another great insight into the making of a movie and how the process works.

      You also get lots of deleted and alternate scenes. There is also a great outtakes blooper reel.
      The disk also contains a publicity gallery, story boards and concept art. This really gives you an idea of the movie from original concept to finished article.

      You also get an Edward Norton interview, all the movie trailers and interview/internet spots and cast and crew biographies. All in all a brilliant bonus features DVD.

      I would recommend this DVD to any movie lover or fan of the movie/book.

      Inspirations and the real Fight Clubs

      Many fans have written to Fincher and Palahniuk to express their feelings about what this movie and book meant to them on different levels. The movie has a massive cult following, which I'm sure the anti-materialistic Tyler Durden would absolutely disapprove of.

      Real Fight Clubs have sprung up all over the world and some have boasted that they were in operation long before the book was written or the movie was made. This has never been proved or discredited.
      Restaurant goers all over the world are oblivious to the waiters who are fans or even disciples of this book and movies, who are doing God knows what in peoples food.

      Fight Club has inspired people to change direction in life. It has inspired would-be writers and film makers from all walks of life. Surely that must stand for something.

      Favourite quotes from the movie

      ****SPOILER ALERT****

      Tyler to Narrator - Hey, you created me. I didn't create some loser alter-ego to make myself feel better. Take some responsibility!

      Tyler Durden - All right, if the applicant is young, tell him he's too young. Old, too old. Fat, too fat. If the applicant then waits for three days without food, shelter, or encouragement he may then enter and begin his training.

      Narrator - Tyler, what the fuck is going on here?

      Tyler - I ask you for one thing, one simple thing.

      Narrator - Why do people think that I'm you? Answer me!

      Tyler - Sit.

      N - Now answer me, why do people think that I'm you.
      Tyler - I think you know.

      N - No, I don't.

      Tyler - Yes, you do. Why would anyone possibly confuse you with me?
      N - Uh... I... I don't know.

      [Narrator experiences flashbacks]

      Tyler - You got it.

      N - No.

      Tyler - Say it.

      N - Because...

      Tyler - Say it.

      N - Because we're the same person.

      Tyler - That's right.

      Tyler Durden - Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.

      Tyler Durden - You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.

      Tyler Durden - 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! Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells "stop!", goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule: No shirts, no shoes. Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.

      Narrator - A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

      Summary

      After being released twelve years ago Fight Club is still a fine movie to watch and has a massive fan base. I would personally give it five stars out of five and recommend it to any movie aficionado. Sadly not everyone gets the movie's personal message but that is what makes it so intriguing and enduring. One of the top movies of the last twenty five years and a classic.

      Many people will find this review too long but if I had shortened it I would have considered it nothing less than sacrilegious. Like I have always said a review is something that contains someone's views, opinions and feelings on a product so there is no determined length.

      ©Lee Billingham

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        the best mind fuck of your life

        David Fincher is one of the best directors in Hollywood today. This is his finest film.

        Based on the best selling book of the same name, the movie starts with the narrator,Edward Norton initially a nameless, boring drone leading a shallow, meaningless life as just another cog in the great corporate wheel. He spends his time buying sofa-sets and basically indulging in the huge facade that is today's materialistic and fake society. As he puts it: "We used to read pornography, now it's the 'Horchow Collection'."But he isn't satisfied with his life. There's always this nagging feeling, deep-down, a hint of discontent. This manifests into his psyche and he becomes an insomniac. Seeking medication, he discovers therapy groups, and there, on the pretext of a terminal disease or an addiction, he cries. He doesn't really know why he crying. Maybe its about the hollowness, and the utter futility of it all. This daily discharge helps him sleep. Until, that is, chain-smoking, messed-up Marla Singer starts coming to his therapy sessions for a similar purpose. Seeing another 'tourist' there bursts the happy he finds himself in and insomnia creeps back into his life. Then he meets Tyler Durdan and he's drawn, like everyone else, to his magnetic personality. One night, on a whim, Tyler asks the narrator to hit him. He complies, and thus begins fight club. Fight club transformed into a nocturnal activity in a basement where semi-naked men expressed themselves in a purely natural manner- by pummeling each other senseless. That's all that I'm going to reveal here.

        But let's talk about Tyler Durdan. For it's not possible to talk about fight club and not talk about Tyler Durdan, a character who was recently named the greatest movie character of all time by a magazine, beating out competition from the likes of Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter, The Joker, John Rambo etc. Brad Pitt outdoes himself in portraying just about the best example of an alpha-male you'll ever see. Tyler epitomises the saying about Bond ("Man want to be him, Women want to sleep with him") more than any Bond. The rugged Daniel Craig, the cool suave and sophisticated Brosnan and Connery all fall flat in front of his sheer charisma. His laid-back, casual attitude tells of a man who has not a care in his life. The conviction with which speaks tells of a man who's got it all figured out. His radical thoughts and ideas tell of a fearless man, not afraid to go against society. And the small, condescending smile he occasionally afforded the narrator tells of a man who knows just how superior he is to everyone. Tyler Durdan acts the saviour of the society's repressed men and frees them from its clutches. Edward Norton too, does a brilliant job as the narrator, and his boring drawl as a narrative paradoxically draws you further in the movie. The narrator the quintessential modern man trying to find meaning who is swayed by forceful personality. The dialogues are smart and some of the lines have now achieved cult status and are often quoted to each other by today's hippier-than-thou teenagers. The cinematography is completely in sync with the somewhat non-linear storyline and is so good that it somehow distracts most watching it for the first time (including me) from a very obvious truth which makes you feel really stupid afterwards. Because of this, Fight Club, has, for most of the stupid audience (which constitutes an incredibly large number of us) and also the ones who think they're too smart (the rest of us), a huge twist that leaves you gasping, adding to its excellent plot.

        In addition to the twist, the plot aptly puts a mirror to society. While the anti-consumerism propagated has been aptly covered by most reviewers, something that they missed was the movie showing how fickle and susceptible to propaganda the human population is, and who easily they get swayed in search of meaning.

        The film does tickle the fancies of many, despite the film's anarchistic messages being tempered down with wry humour. Fight club preaches about evolving beyond the endless pursuit of perfection by today's superficial society. Fight Club is about showing on your face what other people hide in their closets. Fight Club is about exposing the dirty underbelly that every household inevitably has. But it also preaches against taking its own ideas too extremely. But above all, it entertains. It is more than two hours of intense entertainment. For all those who haven't seen Fight Club, go watch it right now! 9/10

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        Brilliant!

        My all time favourite film is quite possibly Fight Club. Without a doubt this film is amazing. I was amazed throughout and the ending was absoloute genius! I first came across it late on a friday night while channell surfing, it was on Film4 and had just started so i decided to see if it was any good. Was it good? Damn right it was!
        Just so you know what i'm on about, Fight Club is an American Cult film, that was filmed in 1999. It's based on a 1996 novel of the same name and stars Bradd Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter.

        The film revolves around the life of 'the nameless narrator', a man who's a traveling automobile company employee who suffers from insomnia and paranoia. His doctor refuses to give him treatment to help with his insomnia, reccomending him to go to a support group to witness more severe sufering.

        The Narrator decided to take the doctor's advice, and joins a local support group for cancer victims. He soon becomes addicted and pretends to be a victim. Realising that he's managed to fool the other members of the group into thinking he too is a sufferer of the disease, he finds an emotional release that relieves his insomnia. Soon, the presence of another imposter appears, in the form of Marla, who he negotiates with to avoid meeting at the same groups.

        The story is quick moving and The Narrator soon meets Tyler Durden, a soap salesmen, on a flight home from a business trip and befriends him.
        Upon returning home, the narrator discovers his house has bein destroyed in an explosion. He calls Tyler and they meet up. After a long talk about consumerism, Tyler invites The Narrator to stay at his house (which the house may i add is extremely creepy!)

        Anyway, i'll leave it there. But where i left it is where it just gets started, trust me! The ending will blow your mind, with you never expecting it to end like that! Its quite creepy actually how it's just so unpredictable.
        Considering the film is 12 years old, the picture and sound quality is amazingly clear, with the CGI bein slightly old fashioned but still somewhat realistic and the script is faultless.

        Worth a watch for anyone who enjoys thrillers (or seeing Brad Pitt topless and fighting like an animal!) Reccomended, and although there's lots of darkness to it, there's some (politically incorrect) humour to it, too!
        My DVD was £3.99 from Amazon. Unfortunetly my copy has no special features but some other DVD copies of the film do.

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        "Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive." Tyler Durden

        The Narrator (Edward Norton) is a Product Recall Specialist working for an unnamed big car company. All he's got to do is apply a standard formula and calculate whether a particular model should be recalled or not. He hates his job, his boss, his lifestyle. In addition to this, he cannot sleep. To overcome insomnia, he starts visiting support groups for the terminally ill where he seems to find relief. Not until he discovers another cheater - Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter). Later on, the Narrator meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a soap salesman, and starts a friendship with him. Tyler is willing to introduce the Narrator to his peculiar lifestyle and soon they devise a new kind of therapy for the stressed men fed up with their lives, a fight club. To make things even more complicated, Marla suddenly re-enters the scene...


        The last time I watched Fight Club I was still at school and, despite the film rating, I probably wasn't 18 then. Then, of course, it was totally mind-blowing, with its creative style (no wonder Jay Kounen calls his 99 Francs the Yoghurt Fight Club), phrases like "The things you own end up owning you" and ideas like selling soap to liposuction clinic customers (those who saw the film will understand what I mean :). Then I probably looked at the film mainly from the consumerist and office plankton angle.

        This time, years later, I started paying attention to certain (pretty obvious) details, comparing, analysing. The Fight Club is clearly the opposite of support groups shown in the beginning where men moan, cry, and basically behave not like men at all. Bob (a former fighter himself!) even started looking a bit like a woman. He also went bankrupt and lost everything. Probably just like the Narrator, he lost his possessions, those things that owed him, but without realising his newly acquired freedom. The support group is a comfortable solution offered by the consumerist society, a society which encourages men to stop being men, to follow the fashion, to decorate flats with catalogue furniture, to shop for brands and aspire to look like someone in the latest Armani advert.

        At the other end of the spectrum is the Fight Club, a brutal monster emerged from the suppressed male psyche and aspirations dictated by nature rather than modern society. Simple rules, laconic conversations. No questions, no hesitation, no fear. Lots of blood. Now I don't think it's a coincidence that the Fight Club went out of control after Bob's death. Bob, with his hormonal disorder (one of the numerous references to the male reproductive system), was the last element linking the Fight Club with a more feminine, emotional side of life. As soon as he was gone, the brutal, destructive side prevailed. So which is the right way then? Whether you ask this question or not, the answer is in the final shot. Enjoy it.

        I surely recommend Fight Club to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. The film was released in 1999, so most of you should have seen it by now. David Fincher and his crew did a great job, especially in terms of casting. Having read the Fight Club page on IMDB, I can't at all imagine Reese Witherspoon or Sarah Michelle Gellar as Marla. Let alone Russel Crowe as Tyler Durden.

        And the last thing. Chuck Palahniuk wrote Fight Club in the distant year of 1996... Sigh. Little has changed.

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        NB: This review is mirrored in my blog at www.artymind.com

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          The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club!

          The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club.

          I love this film, The first thing that drawed me to this film was that it reminded me of the machinst same kind of story line only not as brutal.
          if you like dark comedy, bloody fighting, and amazing twists, then this film is for you! There's alot of funny and insane charactors with all there own charm.

          Fight Club is a 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. In 1999, director David Fincher adapted the novel into a film of the same name, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. The film acquired a cult following despite lower than expected box-office results. The film's notoriety heightened the profile of the novel and that of Palahniuk.

          The plot: The narractor is an insomniac and his doctor won't give him any medication And the only way he can sleep is if he crys. So he starts going to groups such as cancer and testicular cancer. This helps him cry and there the only people that really listen to him there for he can sleep. He's really materialistic so his apartment is like a picture in an ikea book so when it goes up into flames he is left with nothing. He then meets tyler durden and then the fun begins...

          I won't say anymore about the twists and for sure not the ending because it would ruin the film all together. I give this a 10/10 rating, you won't be disapointed. So download it online or go buy it, just watch it! :D

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          If you have the opportunity, watch it

          The story

          From the director David Fincher (se7en) this films tells the story of An insomniac (Edward Norton) begins going to support groups to let out his emotions. He runs into a young woman called Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) and finds out that she to goes to these support meetings for the same reason. The support groups become less affective when he realises that the stories shes telling are fake, and because he can no longer let out emotions properly his sleeping habits begin to get worse.
          Tyler Durden (Bradd Pitt) is a soap manufacturer and is the main that changes the insomniacs life. Tyler is the complete opposite of him and yet they seem to get along rather well.
          After a series of unfortunate incidents he decides to move in with Tyler in an abandoned house on the outskirts of town. After a spontaneous fight breaks out between the two of them, he realises that it helps to vent out his emotions and so it becomes a ritual.
          Some time later they have attracted a following and together they create a secret Fight Club. The club becomes a bit too serious and the insomniac wants to get out, but with someone like Tyler around, will he get out alive?

          What to Expect

          The name alone suggests what you should expect...Fighting! Hand to hand combat, and pretty gruesome fight scenes. The acting is top notch and Bradd Pitt excels himself playing a violent testosterone feulled soap seller. Also this was the first time i heard about Helena Bonham Carter who has since gone on to act in some great movies!
          It is an intense film, that requires your full attention at all times. I did have to watch it twice because the first time i missed a load of it due to the DVD skipping. The atmosphere that Fight Club generates is dark and intense...but you feel drawn into it.

          Is it for you?

          I would recommend this film to anyone who has the opportunity to watch it. However, if you dont like violence, strong language, Brad Pitt or David Fincher films i suggest you give it a miss...
          Rated R: Strong violence, strong language, sexual references
          Run Time: 139 minutes

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            Fight Club

            Fight Club

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            Movie Length: 139 minutes
            Category: Action
            Year: 1999
            Director: David Fincher
            Language: English
            Country: United States
            Extras: Yes

            Actors:
            Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden
            Edward Norton as Jack (The Narrator)
            Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer
            Meat Loaf as Robert Paulson

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            The story
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            The story centres on Jack. Jack is an insurance inspector, but he is not very excited about his job. He also has insomnia, but his doctor doesn't want to prescribe him medications and advises him to a so-called support group. Here he has to listen to other people about their miserable lives and problems and you have to learn have to cry. He never talks during these meetings, which make people think he's very ill. He even goes so several other support groups for different kind of problems but get caught by Marla Singer, who does the same thing.

            Then Jack meets Tyler and become good friends. They talk about anything and everything, but especially about what makes people unhappy. Both are looking for some kind of distraction and hope to find it in fighting. They begin to fight each other until one of them stops and says he loves it! It gives them the perfect distraction but also enjoyment in life that gives them the feeling they really live! Soon they can't stop and also attracts other people who are looking for the same kind of distraction from life. So they start a fight club. What first seem like an innocent idea, suddenly grows into a business and Jack doesn't agree with it. A battle starts between Jack and Tyler and who will win?

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            Acting Performance
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            The performances are very good and especially the famous Brad Pitt shows a very different side of him. From the handsome womanizer we see him in this film in a different role, namely a deranged man seeking the distraction of life. He starts with Tyler and begin a fight club sensation. Brad Pitt is really believable in his role and looks real though. Ed Norton plays next to him the role of Tyler. Tyler is someone who understands and feels Jack very well and together they find something they both are looking for. Ed plays a credible role. All performances are really good and especially the fight scenes are credible.

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            Extras
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            There are several extra on the DVD including commentary from the director and Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. They are including in the way the is film is shot and how the film came together. Nice comments and especially interesting to hear Pitt talk about the film. Furthermore, there is an extra that gives us a look behind the scenes and deleted scenes. Both extras are equally fun to watch, but they do not make real impact.

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            I think Fight Club is definitely a strange movie, but in the positive way. The story has a very dry black humour. The performances are great and the movie is really credible. So you have Brad Pitt in the role as Jack, and he comes across very hard and enjoys the misery of other people. He is certainly not innocent and that is shows in the movie, especially during the fight. The fighting is very well done and is credible. The story itself is very well put together and you'll certainly enjoy it. The film is perhaps not quite suitable for small children, but he is certainly good to watch!

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              24.02.2010 09:24
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              Cult classic highly watchable

              Introduction:

              This ground breaking film was released in 1999 and stars Brad Pitt and and Edware Norton in the lead roles. This film is directed by David Fincher (Seven) and is an adaptation of the novel by the same name written by Chuck Palahnuik. It was one of the most controversial movies of 1999 and was anticipated to make a loss and did not make box office expectations but later found success on DVD and has went on to become a cult classic.

              Plot:

              Edward Norton is the unnamed man and narrates the story. He is a frustrate white collar, average Joe who going through the motions of life and not really feeling anything but frustration. He suffers from insomnia and fills his time by attending support groups even though there is nothing actually wrong with hm, he seems to takes solace in these groups. This is disrupted when he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), also faking her way through support groups.

              A chance encounter with Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) completely changes Norton's life, Tyler's confident no-nonsense way of talking starts to appeal to Norton. The two find a new way to achieve a natural high by fighting. They fight each other and later others who are attracted to their ways and join their newly formed Fight Club. Much to the dislike of Norton Marla begins an affair with Tyler, and things get out of control. Fight club grows into a nationwide organization that has an agenda that is now completely out of Norton's control.

              My opinion:

              Norton and Pitt both give brilliant performance in particular Pitt gives us an amazing performance as Tyler. This film will suck you in kicking and screaming and will just simply blow your mind. You need to keep your eyes and ears open at all times or you'll get lost. The film is unique and very clever in it's delivey of the story and it's final conclusion. Watch out at the end for one of the best twist in movie history. You can easily see why this film has gone on to become a cult classic.

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              15.02.2010 15:43
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              World Class Film With Major Plot Twists

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              Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter and Meat Loaf.


              Tired of the rat race that is your life? Join the club - the Fight Club that is.

              Narrated by a lonely insomniac (Edward Norton), Fight Club follows hopeless Cornelius/Jack/Rupert (we never learn his real name and refer to him as The Narrator) through his mundane day-to-day life in a big City office. To cope with his serious bout of insomnia, the Narrator feigns a series of terminal illnesses and attends their relevant support groups.

              The pent up emotional frustration he feels eases with these groups, causing his insomnia to subside; as he hops from group to group, visiting a different one every night of the week, meeting sensitive and highly comedic Jon Paulson (Meatloaf) on the way.

              His world comes crashing down when he meets the illusive Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), who is another pretender, turning up to all of his groups. The narrator refers to her as a 'tourist', only coming for the free coffee and snacks and strikes a deal with her by sharing out the groups.
              When the Narrator returns from a business trip, he meets articulate and subversive Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), becoming fast friends, sharing mutual opinions on American consumerism.

              After an explosion that costs the Narrator his apartment and everything in it, he moves in with Durden. The pair open a Fight Club, held in a dingy basement of a bar, designed for men to vent out the frustrations that the 'real world' bring. The Club soon becomes both the Narrators and Durden's only priority, as the Narrator becomes further sucked into Tyler's warped and eccentric way of thinking, with devastating consequences...

              Fight Club itself is certainly a film that will leave you thinking long after the credits roll, its black humour, intense special effects and razor sharp plot are just some of the reasons why this is without a doubt a classic in the making. Adapted from the ingenious novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Pitt, Norton and Carter really bring the film to life with great onscreen chemistry and faultless acting.

              The film proved popular with awards with 14 nominations (including an Oscar and 4 wins, including Best Effects and Best British Actress (Carter).

              On Amazon you can get Fight Club for just over £4, the novel for around £5 and the Original Soundtrack CD from £0.99.

              In summary: Buy it, watch it!

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                15.02.2010 14:02
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                the film is perfect Brad Pitt and Enward Norton are amazing in it and is a one to watch!

                Blood, sex and violence with an almighty twist and an array adrenaline and maverick enthusing scenes, fight club is without a doubt one of the best book to feature production I have ever seen.

                Right first of all you've got Edward Norton and Brad Pitt as the two main actors - both fantastically well known for right reason too. Pitts earlier films including 'The twelve monkey's' where he plays a psychologically different young man is only topped by his performance here. With a body every man wants to have and ever woman wants to hold, he really is the envious role model for so many people out there.

                Edward Norton also plays exceptionally here, a delusional no body he finds away to feel alive again after his life it seems has turned into nothingness.

                The two meet on a plane when Norton sees they both have the same suitcase and their friendship blooms from then on.

                The dark nights and cloudy skies through out gives the thriller a really gritty and tense ambiance. the mayhem that the gang cause is very inspiring in a demented view but with death and disruption to the equilibrium your sure to feel back on your feet by the end.

                Without any question it is one of the greatest twist thrillers I have ever seen it's a psychological thriller that really questions what happens to man who has everything yet nothing and chooses to indulge with the underbelly of society and make his way to the top......

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                Haven't watched it? Do so now!

                Many novel adaptations fall on their feet. None more so than ones which attempt to rigidly stick to the original story.

                Most of what you hear in Fight Club can be found in the book and it is testament to the strength of the story and writing that it is so engrossing in both mediums.

                Edward Norton is known for only putting his name to projects he believes in and he shines as the nameless narrator in this movie. His performance is perfect for the role as the character moves through the story (sorry - don't want to spoil any of the plot!). His dark demeanor fits perfectly within the grimy world around him.

                Brad Pitt gives a first class performance with plenty of confidence and flair. His performance makes you want to be as boisterous and ballsy as Tyler Durden and his character only grows in strength through the film.

                Some people may be put off with the graphic content of this film, with lots of swearing, violence and sex it's not for the faint hearted! It is a film worth watching.

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                07.01.2010 04:50
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                This is a fully packaged outsider classic.

                This film still stands up well, despite being fairly old now and it basically is a richly layered offbeat expose into the world of corporate America but in a non-conventional way. Its very hard to pigeonhole this film because it crosses many genres, but yet is hard to specify one genre in particular.

                Basically its the story of a man who seems distant from his own life is in own mind and through his sense of dissatisfaction partakes in many "activities" in order to make himself feel better. His wholw world falls down though when he meets someone else who creashes his party, Helena Bonham-Carter. What follows is a ride into a world unknown for our chief protagonist (Edward Norton). At this point he seems to take a new path and through meeting Brad Pitt, his world changes.

                I won't say much more for fear of spoling the plot, needles to say I take this film to be an informative comedy in essence, but its very dark. The level of content is vast and if you were to actually sit back and realise how many different events occur in this film, one would be amazed.

                It certainly preaches to us openly about modern life and falling into the world of the generic. Also it exposes the nature of order into which we are forced and introduces the idea of rebellion and chaos. I won't even mention fight club apart from to say that it is the raw essence of the films message, to live without fear and to let the soul and spirit free. Of course though his comes with a price and there is always a price to pay, this is something though that you'll find out through watching this film.

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                06.01.2010 20:46
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                Overall a great film that you need to see and watch out for the twist in the story

                Can't believe Fight Club is ten years old now! Doesn't seem that long ago that this came to our screens and I watch it for the first time. I'm sure almost everyone is familar with the now famous two rules of fight club in movie. 'The first rule about Fight Club is that you don't talk about Fight Club. The second rule about Fight Club is that you don't talk about Fight Club.'

                This movie is based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk and the film is both intriguing and fascinating at the same time as being quite disturbing to a certain degree. It certainly does challenge some morals and is memorable for many reasons.

                Edward Norton plays the mild mannered narrator. He is bored with his office life and how empty and lonely it seems. He does the same thing day in day out sitting behind a desk doing a job that let's be honest no-one would care if he was doing or not. He feels completely numb and has no feeling. So, in order to actually feel some sort of emotion or even excitement again he beings attending a 12 step support group.

                At one of these meetings, Jack meets Maria played Helena Bonham Carter and immediately starts falling for her in a big way. Later he meets and hooks up with the dangerously wild Tyler Durden played by Brad Pitt. Tyler convinces Jack that his life would have far more meaning and be much better if he learnt how to fight. Soon enough, their street fighting attracts other like minded men and gives them all something that is lacking in their mundance lives. So Fight Club is formed as an underground meeting with bare fist fighting and no holds barred vicious one on one action where only the toughest survive.

                Gradually Jack starts turning up for work battered and bruised from his other life that he is now leading, much to the looks and stares he gets in the office. He has become tougher and feels he has a purpose outside his 9-5 job now.

                The movie features some amazing special effects, especially in the realistic fight scenes which really show the brutallity of street fighting in all it's gory details. I was pretty inspired by the whole film that he set out to change things in his life for the better and do something he wanted to do to make it more exciting. Plus there is an extraordinary twist at the end that you won't believe.

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                26.10.2009 16:20
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                The best film from any of the contributors involved.

                If I listened to rules 1 and 2 of Fight Club this review would be a rather short one. In anticipation of the forthcoming Blu-Ray release I'm doing a review of the nearly 10 year old Fight Club.

                Released in 1999 and adapted from a novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club follows our unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) as he battles with insomnia due to his feeling completely unhappy with his life. Rather than expressing his emotions he has fallen into the 20th century trap of consumerism - buying furniture as way to try and achieve some sort of contentment. On the back-handed advice of a doctor he goes to a support group set up to aid men who have survived cancer. Whilst there he finds that he's able to released his pent up emotions and cry without questions or recriminations and cures his insomnia. He decides to try other support groups but after a while another "tourist", faker, begins attending these support groups in the form of Helena Bonham-Carter's Marla Singer. And once again our narrator can't sleep.
                Into his life appears Tyler Durden - confident, articulate, handsome - everything Norton's character wants to be. Together they begin an underground "fight club" enabling men to reclaim their identities in the hunter-gatherer sense, and be among like-minded individuals. But then Tyler has other interests, not just Marla but something called Project Mayhem....

                Fight Club came along at the end of the 90s and carried with it the zeitgeist of the time: pre-millennial angst. Nobody knew what was going to happen when the clocks struck midnight 2000 with doom-mongers suggesting planes would drop from the sky and banks collapsing (only 9 years earlier than occurred!). As a result there was a fatalism hanging around in 99 which Fight Club tapped into - it proposed that people had become mindless drones to the corporations and extreme measures were needed to wake people up.

                On it's cinema release, Fight Club underperformed due in no small part to the fact that a lot of people didn't know what it was about. The media at the time focused on it's brutal violence - of which there is some, but is sporadic. Initially a scene involving Norton beating up Jared Leto's Angel had to be trimmed to cut down on the bloodletting, which has since been restored. What the newspapers seemed to miss altogether was that this comedy. A very, very black comedy, but one none the less. How can scenes between Marla and the narrator arguing over which support groups they were going to attend or the narrator bearing his bloody teeth in a board meeting not be funny? It contains the immortal line, "I'd fight Gandhi" for goodness sake. Thankfully once it eached DVD people had started to "get" it and it gathered a healthy cult following.

                This was David Fincher's fourth film, with him having rebuilt his reputation following (criminally unappreciated)Alien3 with the classic Seven and the Hitchcockian The Game. He is on playful form here, getting his characters to provide to-camera lines and even the filmstock itself appearing to unravel in one scene to give the film a self-referential knowingness. There also a blink and you'll miss it injoke during the final scene which is incredibly funny. The film also looks stunning, despite (or perhaps because) a lot of it is in low ligthing or at night. I can't wait to see this on Blu Ray.

                Norton and Pitt have never been better, with the former drolly delivering his narration in keeping with the character's nihilistic worldview. Pitt is often dismissed as a pretty face but he has real fun playing with his image here and delivers his lines with the confidence and mischief required to play Tyler Durden. Even Bonham-Carter who I don't usually warm to provides a great performance as the self obssessed, morally bankrupt Marla who ends up being the most moral character in the film. And a small tip of the hat should be made to Meatloaf, giving probably his best performance despite enormous prosthetic breasts!

                As I hope this review shows, Fight Club is very possibly my favourite film ever. Perhaps as a male of a certain age it spoke to me and my insecurities of the time. But all I know now is that it is supremely well written, directed and acted, and is at various times a funny, shocking, violent and intelligent film.

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                22.09.2009 00:26
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                Simply amazing

                note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

                When a film is released that's an adaptation of a book, people are quick to claim with much pomp that "It's good, but not as good as the book", whereas Fight Club actually manages the rare feat of topping the book, as even the author, Chuck Palahniuk himself believed to be true. The film was quite divisive with critics, but was a massive hit with audiences, and has been studied on numerous film courses for its attitudes towards masculinity.

                The protagonist doesn't have a name in the film, but he is referred to by most people as Jack (Edward Norton). He works for an automobile company calculating insurance, and he also suffers from insomnia, never really knowing when he's awake or asleep. As a means of catharsis, he visits numerous self-help groups for cancer victims, and soon enough it cures his insomnia. But when Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) shows up, another faker, he cannot sleep once again and so they decide to split up the days. However, this isn't the last time he'll meet her.

                Further still, he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a soap salesman who acts in every way that the narrator would love to - he wears cool clothes, and lives free of objects, conversely to Jack, who is bound by capitalism and is essentially "owned" by his things. Through his interactions with Tyler, he begins to drink the Kool Aid, and soon enough the two set up a Fight Club, where frustrated men can beat each other to pulps to get rid of the stress of a money-driven life. However, there's far more to this than first meets the eye.

                A wonderfully dark-humoured, witty and intelligent commentary on consumerism, and how we're all falling apart, Fight Club is a quality film of the highest order. Fincher's masterwork is a great argument that film is an art form, and also that films can best the books they're adapted from (as the author himself proclaimed).

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                All films require a certain suspension of disbelief, Fight Club 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. Spiralling 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 is transformed into a nationwide fascist group. The depiction of violence in Fight Club is unflinching, but director David Fincher's film is captivating and beautifully shot, with camerawork and effects that are almost as startling as the script. The movie is packed with provocative ideas and images--from the satirical look at the emptiness of modern consumerism to quasi-Nietzschean concepts of "beyond good and evil"--that will leave the viewer with much food for thought to take away. Pitt and Norton are an unbeatable duo, and the film has a great sense of humour too. Even if it leaves you with a sense of profound discomfort this is a movie that you'll have to see again and again, if for no other reason than to just to take it all in. --Jenny Brown, Amazon.com