Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes
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If you’re like a lot of people, you love a great comedy. If you’re like ME, you like a comedy with testicle jokes, needless violence and madcap scenes in which terrorists blow up Starbuck’s coffeehouses. “Fight Club” is a subversive, $65 million dollar underground film with a sense of humor that forces you to think.
The last time director David Fincher and Brad Pitt teamed up the result was “Seven”, arguably one of the most original and intense thrillers ever made. With “Fight Club” Fincher has unleashed all the demons that men face on screen.
Ed Norton is a wage slave who soon realizes that being a good consumer does not guarantee a fulfilling life. When he meets up with another headcase Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, the two form a bond sealed with a right hook. The odd pair start their own fight club if only to learn how to feel something.
Underground fight clubs soon spring up all over America and attract an army of men who start Project Mayhem. They quickly turn their rage into mischievous terrorist attacks on corporate icons like Ikea, Starbucks and Calvin Klein. This is mainstream subversion at its best.
This movie is going to get a lot of heat for its reckless violence by the usual group of 50 year-old, out of touch movie critics. Guess what–this movie wasn’t made for you–“Fight Club” is a film for MY generation.
“Fight Club” is not just a movie, but a wake up call to a disenfranchised generation sick of being told by advertising what to drive, wear, buy, smoke, drink and eat in order to be cool. I hate that kind of crap and I really love this movie. It’s one of the best films of the year.
In the film, Ed Norton declares that if he could fight anyone, he would fight Willian Shatner. If I could fight anyone, I would fight Roger Ebert.
Posted on October 18, 1999 in Reviews by Chris Gore
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