Movie Review: Fight Club

By Stephen Benabo
Westgate CVI
Thunder Bay, ON

Right off the bat I will tell you that the movie Fight Club is brutal, raw and intense. It grabs you by the face, slaps you around, makes your head bounce off the floor, and then mockingly tells you "that felt great, didn't it?" It is an assault on the senses.

The film tells the tale of "Jack" played to perfection by Ed Norton. He feels like he is in a slump and is in search of release. Enter Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), an eccentric soap salesman who opens his door to "Jack" after his apartment mysteriously blows up. To release themselves Tyler and "Jack" start Fight Club to help frustrated males free themselves of consumerism. It sounds confusing but makes sense once you see the movie. Eventually there are Fight Clubs sprouting up across the country and Project Mayhem takes roots. An all out war on consumerism. The ending will truly surprise you.


The acting is tremendous. The subliminal imagery makes you sit back and say "did I just see what I think I saw?" It has incredible camera work and is very dark. This film is courtesy of David Fincher (Seven and The Game) so you know what to expect. The fights are incredibly realistic and the sound makes it more real. To get an idea, if you have ever been witness to a fight, not a boxing match but an honest to goodness, bare fist on face fight, that is what it sounds like. Over all I say this is a harsh film. It is a great film. Don't see it if you are squeamish or have a heart condition. You definitely need a strong stomach. And Meat Loaf is in it and he has hormone induced breasts.