“If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?”
With non stop fight scenes and strong, conflicting character personalities, Fight Club is a success or more ways than one.
Jack (Edward Nortan) suffers from insomnia, hates his boss and is addicted to support groups – they bring out the other side to him, the side he can’t quite reach.
While at the support groups, he meets Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), a ‘faker’ as he puts it. Since the point of turning up, Jack feels as if she ‘ruined everything’ as the support groups no longer seem to help him. Never seen far from a cigarette, she comes to terms with his obsession and they agree to disagree by alternating the groups they attend, so to not see eachother.
This is all until he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), with whom he seems to bond with quite well. Soon after their meeting, Fight Club is set up and the male audience get what they payed for: brutal fight scenes.
The concept grows larger with more and more disillusioned men joining with the consequence of underground Fight Clubs sprouting up over the country and Tyler becoming an underground legend. Due to his status, Tyler begins breeding an army of followers, most of which would do anything for him. With his newly established power, without help from Jack, the substandard Fight Club transforms into ‘Project Mayhem’, with the members using their violent streaks to cause destruction and hate crimes.
Things begin to heat up and as a result of an argument with Jack, Tyler leaves. Shortly after, Jack finds aeroplane tickets in Tylers name and begins to track him down.
When Tyler and Jack next meet, an out-of-this-world twist is revealed that will leave you watching the film again, catching up on anything that wasn’t apparent in the first place.
Exploring the topics of male aggression, isolation and an in depth state of mind, Fight Club offers a storyline that is an ambitious task for any director to compete with.