Time: 139 mins.
Academy Award nomination for Sound Effects Editing.
I've been a huge fan of David Fincher's since I sat through SE7EN, an emotionally difficult, visually stunning and ultimately brilliant film. All of his films, even though they span different genres, have very strong opinions about human nature and the downfall of society. His theme is always the same, money corrupts and we're going to pay for our greed. Of course, he usually hides his ideas within an intricate plot and outrageously unique characters. FIGHT CLUB is no exception. Though most people are talking about its' violence, I think the truly disturbing thing about this film, and all his films for that matter, is he has a point. Nobody wants to admit that he's right, because if he is, we're in a whole heap of trouble.
The film opens with voice-over from our lead character Jack, played by Edward Norton. He hasn't slept in months and it's beginning to take a toll on his sanity. He finally finds release from his troubles by going to support groups for people with various diseases testicular cancer, bowel disease, etc. where he finds freedom in pretending he's a survivor. While attending these groups he notices another person, a strange woman named Marla (played by Carter), pretending as well. Her presence makes him uncomfortable he's unable to cry in front of her because he knows she's faking so he strikes a deal with her to split the groups. She agrees and he hopes to never see her again. Unfortunately for her, he does. It's at this point that he meets Tyler Durden (played by Pitt), a soap salesman with a strange outlook on life.
Due to circumstances beyond his control, Jake is forced to ask Tyler for help. Tyler in return gives Jake a new reason to live Fight Club. It starts with them beating each other up in a bar parking lot and quickly becomes the most popular club not-talked-about in town. The violence in these scenes is fairly grotesque, but it's nothing worse than any other violent film. It's just more concentrated and upsetting because it serves no greater purpose. The film tries to make you believe that these men are finally getting in touch with their true selves, that they're finally feeling again, but if it takes men beating each other to a pulp to make them feel like they're living, why have we spent thousands of years evolving into a civilized I use that term loosely society?