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Fight Club

Must-See Cinema! Remember the rules of Fight Club.

Like an uppercut to the chin. Like a left hook breaking your nose with a crunch, making snot, blood and tears fly. Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on acid and Kafka with humour.

Edward Norton plays the nameless narrator, a corporate drone drowning in Ikea furniture, insomnia and complete (yet unspoken) dissatisfaction with his life. He encounters and befriends the irrepressible force of nature that is soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Together they start up a bare-knuckles, no-holds-barred fight club, where young men meet once a week, stripped bare – literally and figuratively – and beat the shit out of each other, trying to find out what it means to be a man.

It is unflinchingly brutal – not to mention misogynistic – and sure to inspire dimwits to copy what’s going on onscreen. But that’s the price you pay for the rare film that refuses to leave your head for days after you’ve seen it.

The performances by Norton, Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter are all top-notch. Director David Fincher (Seven) has taken Chuck Palahniuk’s cult novel and crafted a remarkable commentary on modern masculinity – it’s both a heart-wrenching condemnation of the futility of day-to-day existence and one hell of an entertaining movie (with one hell of a twist).

– Marlene Arpe, Eye Weekly

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