S.I.M Rating: 8.12 out of 10 (12 Votes)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter
Tagging a film with the label "controversial" is a sure-fire technique to create a buzz around it, and on at least that count, Fight Club succeeds. Whether or not the intent to sublimate the film with unmistakeable symbolism was deliberate or not, the film has become a cult classic.
Balancing a thin line between entertainment and philosophy, Fight Club, with its' smoky, gauzy cinematography, looks splendid, although the near-glorification of violence depicted may not be suitable for younger, impressionable viewers. Brad Pitt somehow manages to rise above the seediness and caricatures surrounding him, and he's to be commended.
The storyline is simple; the Fight Club is a secret society of men who live for the opportunity to try and "find themselves" through the medium of literally beating each other up. There is little effort to try and romanticize or justify this activity, and the viewer (perhaps rightly so) is left on their own to interpret.
Besides Pitt, Edward Norton as The Narrator and Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer turn in impressive performances.