Fight Club

I was able to predict the twists in movies like The Others, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs. But the twist in Fight Club was one I never saw coming.

The movie is narrated by a dissatisfied young "professional", Jack (Edward Norton) who is trying to find some sort of meaning in his life. After a few adventures involving visits to people who are about to face death, he runs into Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) who helps Jack really become his true self. This involves delving into a surreal world of violence against the establishment, beginning with the "fight club" where members simply vent their frustrations on each other, and terminating with "project mayhem", the first rule of which is that you don't talk about it.

Both Norton and Pitt give terrific performances. Norton portrays the fall of Jack in a highly convincing manner. There are a lot of disturbing scenes in the film, but directory depicts them in an unflinching manner. The movie has a lot of clever dialogue and commentary involving the commercial establishment, including how the cycle of materialism leads only to dissatisfaction. In many ways, Fight Club reflects the disillusionment and dissatisfaction that comes with material success, which ultimately leads to violence.

Fight Club is movie that is definitely worth checking out, since it will linger in your thoughts long after you finishing viewing it. I highly recommend it.

Movie ramblings || Ram Samudrala ||