Fight Club

Fight Club

DVD - 2002
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When a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a soap salesman channel their aggression into therapeutic "fight clubs", an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [c2002]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: FIC Fight
Characteristics: 1 DVD (139 min.) : col., sd. ; 4 3/4 in.

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 03, 2017

Blistering, hallucinatory, often brilliant, the film by David Fincher is a combination punch of social satire and sociopathology.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 01, 2017

***SPOILERS***
A depressed insomniac man attends various support groups to feel relieved and receive a good night's rest. He works an incredibly boring job as an automobile crash specialist. On one night he sees another imposter going to every support group during the week, her name is Marla Singer. He confronts her and they get a split schedule of who goes to which group throughout the week. During the discussion we learn that Marla is quite impulsive. He also receives her number. The protagonist is then given a business trip and while on the flight back home he meets Tyler Durden, a soap salesmen. When the main character goes to his apartment, it has been blown up with. For comfort he calls Tyler and they have beers at a pub. Once outside Tyler challenges the protagonist to fight with him. He eventually allows him to stay at his house. Eventually, they create a fight club, the main character blackmails his boss to give him pay without working, and the club escalates into Project Mayhem. This project is ruining innocent lives of civilians living in the city and new fight clubs start spreading around the country. Eventually, the main character realizes that Tyler is actually an alter ego created by his subconscious to freely do things he always wanted to but never got to enjoy because of all his burdens. In a final confrontation the protagonist shoots a bullet near his brain and it kills Tyler. When Marla shows up she is questioning what happened to him, and he says "You met me at a very strange time in my life". As the building starts collapsing around them, the film ends with the song 'Where is my Mind' by the Pixies. This film is so good you forget that you don't even know the main character's name. Vividly engaging and with very unexpected ending this movie is one of my favourites, a classic that leaves you questioning how worth while it will be if you're going to spend your life working for the 'system'.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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TheeAvebury
Jun 20, 2017

A masterful film that blends visual editing and effects mastery with smart writing and a creative plot. Truly an amazing creation.

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singidunum_25
Mar 08, 2017

"Do you know what a duvet is? It’s a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then? We are consumers. We’re the byproducts of a lifestyle obsession."
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joelollo21
Oct 14, 2016

This is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. The dark humor and fight scenes make it ideal for men while the sexual scenes and subliminal romance between the Narrator and Marla may appeal to women. The plot twist in which Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden is a figment of imagination is a classic staple of American cinema. This is the one movie you have to watch before you die.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 19, 2016

Holy shit. This is a mind-blowing, incredibly dark and twisted film. And is without a doubt one of the best films of all time. It was brilliant. Neo from The Matrix, Lester Burnham from American Beauty, Peter Gibbons from Office Space, The Narrator from Fight Club, Patrick Bateman of American Psycho. All of these men have the same thing in common. At the start of their respective movies, they're living in their own personal hell and are facing crises that must be remedied. Neo finds the Matrix, Lester finds beauty in the world, Peter steals from his company, while The Narrator & Patrick turn to more primal methods of coping. Sometimes the cause from these crises is due to consumerism, but it is often brought on by familiarity, which of course breeds contempt.

Fight Club & American Psycho are the perfect companions for each other however, as they both contain all the above themes, and both deal with primal remedies that deal with madness and insanity in a world that inevitably breeds madness and insanity. American Psycho deals with the 80s, and how the Yuppie culture essentially created a bunch of consumerist clones. Fight Club deals with the late 90s/00s and how society has essentially made us into a bunch of wimps due to our lack of societal hardships to rise against. Where American Psycho leaves off, Fight Club takes and runs with. For the purposes of this review however, we shall analyse Fight Club.

The Narrator is caught in a world of familiarity. He travels and gets to see America, but it's all the same to him. He works for a terrible and probably selfish company, and when he's in an office environment, it's soul-sucking. As a result, he can't sleep, and his lack of sleep is a reflection of his life's familiarity, and this familiarity starts breeding contempt, so he starts attending support groups so he can let his emotions through tears. And for a year, this actually work, and it probably would have kept working too if it hadn't been for Marla. Truly, Marla Singer set into motion the events of the rest of the movie because without her, The Narrator is perfectly content to cry his frustrations and emotions away. But since she is a distraction, his life is messed up again, so he takes the philosophical route. In the moment, right after the line "If you wake up at a different time in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?," Tyler Durden appears. Bingo. The Narrator has just found the ultimate form of societal rebellion.

The story is well-put together, has some of the best acting, twists, cinematography and brilliantly written script. It is stunningly put-together, perfectly acted, hilarious, memorable, and most of all, thought-provoking, Fight Club is masterpiece that will never be forgotten.

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MISAEL RUIZ
Apr 26, 2016

Seriously one of the greatest movies I have seen....the plot twist completely threw me off. im glad I finally saw this movie.

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Smalm
Feb 12, 2016

My dad has a copy of this movie, and if he had all day then he would watch it all day. I love the end... it gives me the chills and it is equally fascinating to watch it again and think that the man was his imagination, and then again and think that the man was talking to and fighting with himself... now I see why my dad finds this movie addictive... very dark and very true. I love this movie. <== This last sentence is still a really big understatement

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JackPurcell
Oct 03, 2015

I checked this out by mistake and once I had it home I didn't think I'd watch it. But it was a dull morning and I loaded it. A bit slow starting, but once it got rolling it was a shockingly fun movie.

Marinetti Sep 23, 2015

Excellent film- subversive and funny- it still holds up.

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Unclose May 20, 2013

You're not your khakis...

Sunnchilde Dec 11, 2011

A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

Sunnchilde Sep 02, 2011

"Is that your blood?" "....Some of it."

johnmarkeberhart Apr 07, 2011

"The first rule of Fight Club is ... you do NOT talk about Fight Club!"

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JihadiConservative
Jun 19, 2016

Sexual Content: Many references, clips of pornography, some sex scenes, and a twisted love triangle.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 19, 2016

Violence: A few bloody and graphic scenes. Bloody fights. Intense scenes. A mind-blowing twist.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 19, 2016

Coarse Language: Average R movie with uses of "fuck, shit, dick and cock"

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joelollo21
Oct 14, 2016

"Fight Club" as a haiku:
Start a club with friend
Turns out that I'm my own friend
Stop the terrorists

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