Fight Club will leave you blown away. It’s not just the rush of seeing Edward Norton and Brad Pitt in a groundbreaking film. Nor is it watching amateur fighters bare-knuckle each other in rundown basements. The entire premise of the movie is like nothing seen before. It’s an aggressive, often brutal satire that’s quite possibly one of the more brilliant movies made.
The film’s narrator (Edward Norton) is an insomniac slave to his corporate job. An insignificant cog in a never-ending machine. He only finds joy in going to as many self-help sessions as he can. They provide him with an escape from his lonely sleepless nights, that is, until Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), a trashy chain smoker enters his life and disrupts everything.
The narrator then meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charming soap salesman.
One night, after the 2 men have bonded over beers, Tyler asks the narrator to hit him. At first it seems like an absurd request, but after they pound on each other a strange feeling overcomes them. They feel a sense of release and satisfaction from inflicting pain on one another. In a world where everyone is desensitised to everything around them, the physical contact of a punch to the gut wakes them up and makes them feel truly alive.
With more people joining these fight sessions, the Fight Club becomes an underground sensation. However, it becomes readily apparent that Tyler has more elaborate plans than just organising brawls in bars.
Fight club is a film that consistently remains true to its anti-consumer, anti-society, anti-everything message— leading right to the very last frame. What makes fight club a subversive delight is not only its refreshing anti-corporate message, but also how it delivers this message. The film is a cinematic punch to the head as it challenges the status quo and offers a wakeup call to people immersed in a materialistic world. This film urges us to tear down we have known and accepted. Reject corporate giants and try to figure out what we really want out of life.
Fight Club is a dangerously brilliant film that entertains as well as enlightens. If you are willing to step out and challenge the status quo— this is definitely a film for you.
Nikhil Polsani, 12 AICE