Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter.
A beautifully graphic film that is so intrusive into your mind that i wonder why the authorities haven’t made it illegal due to its hypnotic capability. The film is unbelievably sketchy and done in such a magnificent way that you quite simply cannot pull your eyes away from the screen. I have to add straight away that this is my favourite film of all time and I don’t think I’ll ever get over this film no matter how many times I watch it, so i’m finding it hard to review this movie without using my own bias.
However, just the fact that it’s still considered “cool” to quote or refer to Fight Club is testament to how timeless and brilliant this movie is, you simply have to watch it, especially if you are a teenager. This is because it is a film that is totally capable of opening up your mind and it may even change your outlook on the world, that’s not an exaggeration.
The “plot” of this film (i add inverted commas as the basic premise of the film is absolutely not the real plot of the film) is of a troubled and anxious man (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia, who constantly questions his life and the society he is living in, meeting another man (Brad Pitt) who is the antithesis of him. The meeting of these two polar opposites leads to the content of this beautiful film.
The film follows the main protagonist (character played by Edward Norton) as he transforms his monotonous grey office worker life into an existence of organised violence where he rises from rock bottom to leading a group of life-angry urban radicals . The developing relationship between the two lead characters makes up the flesh of the movie, as their blossoming friendship starts to mutate. As the film goes on, Edward Norton’s character becomes wary of the real subtext beneath their alliance.
Packed with enough action to drain the adrenaline supplies from your body, this film is so badass that for the duration of the movie you feel honoured to be rolling with the most charismatic cast you are likely to have ever encountered, unless you’ve ever been on a night out with Neil Strauss.
The acting is phenomenal and astoundingly dark. Helena Bonham-Carter gives one hell of a show as a twisted apathetic nihilist (aka she doesn’t give a monkeys about anything at all) Please prepare for your life to be changed forever! This film is in the same vein as American Psycho in bringing to light certain ideas/themes that will hit home within you and set off fireworks in your head. “You are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world” Now watch your image of the world gloriously melt.