3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes
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Director David Fincher (“Alien 3″ and “Seven”) has a proven knack for visual flare, but here, in this twisted tale of disgruntled male hood — paging Susan Faludi– based upon the Chuck Palahniuk novel, he takes the art form of optical stimulation to a new level. Edward Norton plays a malcontent yuppie with a bad case of insomnia. To bide his affliction he drifts through support groups until he befriends a mercurial soap salesman (Brad Pitt) on a plane ride. Pitt also moonlights as a film projectionist and waiter, but that’s more to pull base pranks than out of economic necessity. The two start an underground, bare knuckles fight club, cohabit a run down Victorian in a toxic waste zone and form a covert army to bring down corporate America. Sound hyperbolic? It is, but that’s both the film’s beauty and its weakness. The drama is never dull, the acting is on the mark — especially Helena Bonham Carter and Meat Loaf in juicy supporting roles — but what puts the fight in “Fight Club” is Fincher’s visual wizardry.

Posted on October 18, 1999 in Reviews by

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