Fight Club

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Fight Club ★★★½ 1999 (R)

Young, male, repressed rage comes in the form of Norton's disillusioned yuppie, emotionally numbed by chronic insomnia, who meets the answer to all his pentup frustrations in malcontent Pitt. Tyler's his name and anarchy's his game as the duo eventually establish fight clubs where the participants beat each other up and stage massive acts of terrorism to undermine the allure of consumerism. Bonham Carter plays a kinky, deathobsessed woman both men fancy. Fincher heads for the dark side again and puts a middle finger on the pulse of several hot topics without missing a beat or skirting the issues. Film's dark humor and stylistic vision of young male malaise is made even more biting by newcomer Uhl's faithful adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's debut novel. Performances by all three leads are equal to the powerful subject matter. 139m/C VHS, DVD, UMD . Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena BonhamCarter, Meat Loaf Aday, Jared Leto, Eion Bailey; D: David Fincher; W: Jim Uhls; C: Jeff Cronenweth; M: Howard Shore.