A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.
|Release Date||:||October 14, 1999|
|Production Company||:||Regency Enterprises, Fox 2000 Pictures, Taurus Film, Linson Films, Atman Entertainment, Knickerbocker Films|
|Production Countries||:||Germany, United States of America|
|Writers||:||Jim Uhls, Chuck Palahniuk|
|Casts||:||Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter, Zach Grenier, Holt McCallany, Eion Bailey, Richmond Arquette, David Andrews, Christina Cabot, Tim DeZarn, Ezra Buzzington, Bob Stephenson, David Lee Smith, Thom Gossom Jr., Carl Ciarfalio, Stuart Blumberg, Mark Fite, Matt Winston, Lauren Sánchez, David Jean Thomas, Paul Carafotes, Christopher John Fields, Michael Shamus Wiles, Van Quattro, Markus Redmond, George Maguire, Eugenie Bondurant, Sydney 'Big Dawg' Colston, Rachel Singer, Christie Cronenweth, Dierdre Downing-Jackson, Charlie Dell, Rob Lanza, Joel Bissonnette, Evan Mirand|
|Plot Keywords||:||support group, dual identity, nihilism, rage and hate, insomnia, dystopia, violence|
I am, unfortunately, not one of the faithful Chuck Palahniuk readers who had read the book BEFORE they saw the movie. I, however, couldn't wait to read the book after seeing this film. I've read the book 5 times since and seen the movie more times than I can remember.
Simply put, this movie changed my life. Not just on a personal level (on which I will not comment here except to say I'm now a major Palahniuk fan) but also as a movie-watcher. I view movies differently after seeing this movie, because it broke down doors.
This movie is literally the first time I ever came upon something that, at first sight seemed incredibly stylish, sophisticated and entertaining. The plot lured you in before turning you upside down, the acting was nothing short of perfect (has there ever been a more memorable character than Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden?), the music, the screenplay (based on what is now my all-time favorite book), the lighting, the pacing, the everything! Virtually everything about this movie took my by surprise, save for one man.
David Fincher, director, was probably the only reason I went to see this movie in the first place. His work on 'Seven' and 'The Game' had me excited to see what he would do next, but I came to this movie expecting a stylish flick that offered a good plot and hopefully some good acting but what I got was so much, much more.
Honestly, how many times have you seen a movie that, with every viewing, gets even more complicated yet so simple that you can't help but laugh. Every time I watch this movie I notice something new about it, such is the depth of what is on the screen. Then there's the tiny issue of the story of Fight Club, penned by Chuck Palahniuk (who has one of the most fertile imaginations around. Don't believe me? Read 'Survivor' and weep!) the story is nothing short of incredible, a pure shock-value social commentary on the state of the world at the end of the century. You'll cry, you'll laugh, you'll do all the clichés but most importantly you'll identify with every single thing on the screen.
This movie rates as one of my all-time favorite movies and, simply put, if you haven't seen it yet then quit wasting your time OnLine and get to the nearest videostore!