Fight Club

Fight Club

Directed by: David Fincher

Friday, September 13 - Saturday, September 14, 2013

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“This is not an action movie, but a cerebral comedy – which is to say, an ideas movie. Some of those ideas are startling, provocative, transgressive, even subversive. They’re also pretty funny. It goes like this: Norton used to be an upwardly mobile urban professional; now, he’s pallid, neurotic and unhappy. Then he bumps into Tyler Durden (Pitt), his apartment blows up, and everything changes. Gaudy and amoral, Tyler’s an id kind of guy: living on the edge is the only way he knows to feel alive. Pitt’s raw physical grace embodies everything his alter ego has lost touch with; they trade body blows for fun, and you can sense the gain in the pain. Their ‘club’ draws emasculates from across the city; under Tyler’s subtle guidance, the group evolves into an anarchist movement. The film wobbles alarmingly at this point, then rallies for the kind of coup de grĂ¢ce that sends you reeling. Jim Uhls’ cold, clever screenplay, from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, is a millennial mantra of seditious agit prop. Shot in a convulsive, stream-of-unconsciousness style, with disruptive subliminals, freeze frames and fantasy cutaways, the film does everything short of rattling your seat to get a reaction. You can call that irresponsible. Or you can call it the only essential Hollywood film of 1999.” – Time Out (London)

R, 139 Minutes
USA, 1999




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