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Film Review - Fight Club
When I saw the trailer for Fight Club, I decided I didn't need to see it. It was sold as a movie about men who fight just for the fun of it. The trailer was wrong.
Recently, Fight Club played on cable. I decided that since it was coming into the house anyway, I would tape it and give it the twenty minute test. This sneaky little film knows about the twenty minute test. Every reel, it tosses a big curve ball at you, renewing your interest.
The movie is about two guys who start Fight Club. Somehow, in this cubical world, fighting is the only release for some people's pent up emotions. Fight Club becomes big. Soon the founders build a huge following. Now this doesn't sound much different than the trailer, does it? Okay, so the trailer didn't mention the really good visuals. As one man describes his apartment which is completely furnished from the Ikea catalog, the camera pans across the room as graphics are added to make the room the catalog page. It's a perfect comment on American consumerism.
As I mentioned, about every twenty minutes just as you think you know what this film is about, it completely changes. This is a very dark and twisted film. If you want to see something strange every twenty minutes, this is your movie.
What's important in this review is that I completely avoid telling you anything about the end of the movie. You're going to be surprised and I'm not going to spoil this. But the last half of this film really has nothing to do with guys meeting to punch each other silly after work. This really becomes one man's person struggle.
This certainly isn't a candidate for best picture, but it is worth giving your own twenty minute test. A lot of people are not going to like this. For you it's a wasted twenty minutes. For those who stay until the end, you'll see a really well thought out film that has a little more to say than most. Fight Club wraps up all the loose ends in the final scene. You will be left with your jaw dangling.
Directed by David Fincher
Released in 1999
MPAA Rating: R
Reviewed by Mongo