Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club has become quite the cult film since his release in 1999. This David Fincher film stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter, an amazing cast. Based on the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk, the film is a great adaptation that makes the viewer uncomfortable and anxious to make sense of everything, with a great twist in the end. 

The film centers around an unnamed Narrator, who is a vehicle recall specialist. He’s unhappy and deeply unfulfilled in life, he suffers from insomnia and it’s clear that he’s also depressive. 

However, he finds catharsis by going to support groups and posing as the sufferer of different conditions. His catharsis is disturbed by Marla Singer, another impostor who ruins the illusion for him. He starts feeling contempt for her and even hate, so he confronts her and they agree to split groups. 

Later, on a flight home from a business trip, the Narrator meets Tyler Durden, a soap salesman. When he gets home, he finds his lovely apartment and all his belongings, so carefully chosen, have been destroyed by an explosion. He considers asking Marla for help, since he doesn’t have any friends, but decides to call Tyler instead. 

They meet at a bar and Tyler says the Narrator is consumed by the need for material things, thinking they will make him happy or fulfilled. Later, in the parking lot, Tyler asks the Narrator to hit him and they start to fight each other. In this, the Narrator finds even greater catharsis. 

He moves into Tyler’s home, a huge dilapidated house in an industrial area, a stark contrast to his former home. They continue to fight each other at the bar’s parking lot, and other men start to join in. The fights are moved to the bar’s basement, and Fight Club is born.

Going back to Marla, she overdoses on pills and calls the Narrator for help, but he ignores her. However, Tyler picks up the phone and goes over to save her, and then they begin a sexual relationship, much to the Narrator’s annoyance. 

When the Narrator blackmails his boss to support Fight Club and quits his job, Fight Club grows across the country. More and more members join in, and Tyler starts recruiting Fight Club members to his anti-materialism, anti-corporate organization group, and they start engaging in subversive acts of violence and vandalism. 

The Narrator is not involved in this and the group’s behavior starts to trouble him. He complains to Tyler and Tyler leaves. Then, the Narrator realizes that Tyler was responsible for the explosion at his apartment. He tries to stop the project and he follows a paper trail to cities that Tyler has visited to find out what’s going on. 

In one of the cities, the Narrator is addressed as Mr. Durden by one of the project’s members. Confused, he calls Marla and finds that she also thinks he’s Tyler. Tyler then appears in his hotel room and it’s revealed that Tyler is a dissociated personality that the Narrator assumes when he should be sleeping. 

The Narrator blacks out after the discovery and then returns home to find that Tyler plans to erase debt by destroying the buildings that contain credit card records. He tries to warn the police, but they’re in on the project, so he flees and tries to disarm the explosives in one of the buildings, but Tyler subdues him. 

Tyler holds him at gunpoint, but the Narrator realizes he’s holding the gun himself, so he shoots himself through the cheek, causing Tyler to collapse and the mental projection is over. Members of the project bring over Marla who had been kidnapped, and the buildings start to explode and collapse around them as they watch from the building, holding hands.