Fight Club illustrates society’s shortcomings since 1999


Century 12 movie theater in San Mateo

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

“Fight Club” is a movie to get you thinking about what happens in society’s basements where anything goes.

In this film, an everyday office worker (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia meets a seemingly ordinary man, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), and befriends him. When the main character gets to his apartment building, he discovers it blown up and takes Durden’s offer of staying with him. Together, they start a fight club that evolves into something more: speaking out about society’s injustices and taking down corporate companies to establish financial equality and make dreams reality for poorer people living in the city.

Although this movie came out in 1999, it perfectly exemplifies today’s society, showing viewers that not much has changed in the way society works in the past decade and a half. Although it has many bloody and grotesque scenes that reflect its title, this film goes far deeper than a simple fight club.

The ending is a shock to many but a reality to others, and requires the viewer to think very deeply on aspects of the movie that were originally seen as just simple scenes with no meaning behind them. To truly understand all the twists and turns of this film, one must watch it at least twice.

The beginning of the movie is far from stellar, but sets up a necessary base for the rest. The middle of the movie, which focuses around the fight club, is definitely more for men, but women may enjoy those scenes as well if they aren’t squeamish. The last third of the movie reveals the truth between the two main characters, making the viewer look back and reassess previous scenes.

This movie is a must-see, if only to see the inner workings of society and aspects not seen in everyday life. This is also one of the few films that you will actively think about afterwards, trying to adjust the scenes to what it could have actually looked like.

Impressively enough, this film is also rated 10th in “The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time” by Empire magazine.

“Fight Club” is a drama with suspense/thriller with a runtime of 139 minutes. It is rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent antisocial behavior, sexuality, and language. It is directed by David Fincher and based on the book “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk. This film stars Pitt, Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, and Jared Leto.

Century 12 movie theater in San Mateo
Century 12 movie theater in San Mateo
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