Fight Club (1999)

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Director: David Fincher

Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter

Runtime: 139 min

There are plenty of movies that seek to provoke the audience into challenging its view of the world. Most of those movies are pretty dry stuff. They tend to consist of ponderous dialogue, endless scenes of nothing happening over a gorgeous landscape and casts comprised of people named Sven and Inga. David Fincher’s Fight Club is a glorious exception. It is captivating, funny and sexy. And if you don’t emerge from it giving serious thought about how the world works, you probably weren’t paying attention.

Adapted from a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club follows the adventures of a deeply dissatisfied nameless protagonist (Edward Norton). When he meets a maverick named Tyler Durden, his world changes. The two men form a secret society of guys who work out their aggression with more-or-less random acts of violence, and many other lives are changed as well.

Things get complicated as their club descends into a dangerous cadre of soldiers whose antics may look familiar to anyone who remembers Nazi Germany. There are secrets revealed that make the protagonist uneasy. And these secrets make Fight Club an unforgettable experience.

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