“Fight Club” is a 1999 thriller directed by David Fincher, with script by Jim Uhls. It stars Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meatloaf Aday, and Jared Leto. The film follows an unnamed narrator (Norton) who hates his job, his stuff, and his life. He puts together a “fight club”, where men come together to fight recreationally, with Tyler Durden (Pitt) and at first it seems to help. The “fight club” develops into “Project Mayhem” as they integrate anti-materialist and anti-corporate types into its ranks. The narrator and Durden struggle for the control of their creation and over a relationship with Marla Singer (Carter) they have entered. The film did not do well at the box office or with critics. Once released on DVD it found its audience, found financial success, and became a cult classic. The film has a lot to say about the disenfranchisement of men in the 1990s – it struck a nerve – and became one of the most talked about films of its time. Its echoes can still be heard today in the headlines. The film is skillfully made but the message of the film is divisive and extreme in much the same way Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” was.
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