Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter
I actually didn’t expect to like this movie as much as I did the last time I saw it, because I was in high school then and this is very much a movie that appeals to the philosophical leanings of a high school kid. Like The Matrix, you know? Where it’s just this rebellious idea wrapped in a pseudo-philosophical package to make it seem more legit? Well, even though I’ve outgrown the philosophy, I still really liked this movie.
A white collar office worker who hates his job meets a stranger on a plane and moves in with him after his apartment and all his nice things explode. The two start fighting for fun, to rebel against the concept that they’ve been taught that fighting is bad and something to be avoided. This idea draws in more and more people, so they start a “fight club”. As the numbers grow, the fight club turns into Project Mayhem, and the members infiltrate every aspect of society, culminating in chaotic acts of terror meant to free the average joe from the corporate world he’s trapped himself in.
Everybody in the world knows the twist to Fight Club by now, so I’m not even going to pretend like you don’t. Still, it’s one of the better twists in a movie, and it works so well that even on multiple viewings it stays entertaining, just then you feel like it was a secret you and the filmmaker had all along. I’m not really sure how Fincher did it so well, to be honest with you, but damn, that’s the way to do it.