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Fight Club 
Fight Club review
4/4 stars

Not everybody will appreciate this and I felt one has to look and listen meticulously to the film to fully grasp its bearing. A sales employee with insomnia narrates his story about a person he met in one of the support groups named Marla Singer (Helene Bonham Carter) and Tyler Durden, (Brad Pitt) an opinionated soap salesman. Tyler forms a fight club whose aim is to fight consumerism, vanity and corporate abuse from organizations. He likewise becomes serious with Marla and the narrator (Edward Norton) becomes jealous. An attempt to blow up buildings was created by Tyler in the form of Project Mayhem. The narrator does his best to stop it while saving an abducted Marla. Some unforgettable lines to learn from: Tyler – “You are not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet.” Narrator: “Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.”

What fascinate me with this picture aside from the ingenious dialogue, camera movements, cool soundtrack and tremendous performances are the numerous symbolisms. The idea of happiness thru material things (IKEA), the excruciating violence that shows the sense of belongingness and numbness of societies pitfalls (fight clubs), the pressure if having a body as flawless as models (Calvin Klein), pessimism and search for impeccability (Narrator) and the effects of fascism (Tyler). It was like watching a darker Jekyll and Hyde, a film that speaks to a generation whose main purpose is avarice and self-perfection and figures we can relate to. Fight Club likewise boasts one of the best cinematography and intros (the brains neutral network) on film. There is no single moment of tediousness; each scene is enthralling, good character development with an impressive twist. The flicks credibility range from lists of being the best DVD (2 disc went out of print/grossed $55 million in video and DVD rentals), picture, Director, editing, adapted screenplay, soundtrack, being a cult film even real life fight clubs from California, Texas, Alaska and many others. This is how film should be made, a proper balance of adroit directing, realistic performances, memorable scores, brilliant camerawork, universally thought provoking topics and a dialogue of emotions that will keep your attention glued until the final credits.


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