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Films to See Before You Die: #46 Fight Club

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Fight Club (1999)

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf

Synopsis: An insomniac (Edward Norton), who is stuck in the same old grind every day is desperately seeking some kind of human contact. Most evenings he ends up at support groups pretending to be dying of terminal cancer or recovering from testicular cancer where he meets Bob (Meat Loaf). During his days he works for an automobile company employee who travels to accident sites to perform product recall cost appraisals. Everything seems to be going smoothly, that is, until Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) starts going to the same meetings as him which infuriates him because she is pulling the same con as him but is much less subtle so he worries he will be caught. They decide to reach an agreement on which groups and nights they will attend so they don’t overlap. While on a business trip he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a peculiar soap salesman who leaves a profound impression on him and a business card. When is apartment building is burned down and he has nowhere to go he call Tyler who is happy to let him stay in his dump of a house. While out drinking one night he and Tyler decide to get into a fight which they both seem to enjoy a lot. After a few nights of doing this they decide to start a “Fight Club” which has several rules to protect everyone involved. After not too long there fight clubs all over the country and Tyler starts something call Project Mayhem, which commits increasingly destructive acts of anti-capitalist vandalism in the city. When Project Mayhem starts to go too far he tries to stop it and Tyler but what he doesn’t realize is fight club has gotten too big and the members are willing to do anything to make Project Mayhem goes off without a hitch.

Trivia: Some of fake names used by the narrator in the self-help groups are taken from Planet of the Apes (Cornelius), as well as classic roles played by Robert De Niro (such as Rupert from The King of Comedy and Travis from Taxi Driver). When the Narrator hits Tyler Durden in the ear, Edward Norton actually did hit Brad Pitt in the ear. He was originally going to fake hit him, but before the scene, David Fincher pulled Norton aside and told him to hit him in the ear. After Norton hit him in the scene, you can see him smiling and laughing while Pitt is in pain.

Why I think you should see this: The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. I really love David Fincher’s work and while this may not be his best film it is safe to say that this is his most popular film to date. Both Brad Pitt and Ed Norton are absolutely amazing in their lead roles as well as Helena Bonham Carter. This is a vicious film but it is so well made I can deal with the excessive violence although I can understand it is not for everyone. If you haven’t seen this then definitely check it out soon and if you’re like me and have seen it tons of times give it another watch.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

5 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #46 Fight Club

  1. sarahjaneprosetry ⋅

    I just wanted to destroy something beautiful.

  2. Excellent flick, good choice. I’m gonna pop this in now!

  3. I would also put this on a “books to read before you die” list since it’s actually a really unique book. It’s also one of the rare cases where the book and the movie are both equally good.

  4. I know this one is considered an amazing film but I didn’t enjoy it when I watched it years ago. I think it was the violence. Perhaps I would like it more now? I do like the actors although I always find Edward Norton a bit creepy. Still, he’s a great actor. Kim*

  5. tobiasosir ⋅

    One of my favourite films. Chuck Palahniuk can be a challenging author to enjoy, but the book is remarkable, the kind you can read in one sitting. The film is pretty faithful as mentioned above, and the almost neurotic editing/camera work really adds to the feel of the film. This is one that gets better each time you see it, as you pick up little hints along the way; the ending feels like a twist the first time, but look carefully and it’s all laid out for you from the first scene.

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