A corporate drone goes mad and spirals into psychopathy, violently lashing out at society.
An absolutely mandatory film. As heavy-handed as its anti-corporatism is, it has fantastic subtleties requiring multiple viewings. There are very few movies which can achieve this level of watchability. This is absolutely an A-class dudebro movie.
Based on Fight Club (novel) (1996)
Like They Live - (1988 movie), this film examines control.
The things you own, end up owning you.
Corporate slavery, possessions, masculinity, insanity and all manner of difficulties are at the core of this movie. The lead character is particularly endearing, but so is the creation of the group.
One of the problems with today's world is that it's not okay to be male. The things that make men men as opposed to being mere not-female are shat upon. The spine, balls and seething violence bubbling behind the eyes of every male is something that we all fight against. Clutching the monster in our fist, restraining it with our clenched-jaw contempt is what makes us men.
Violence really is something key to being male. Not violence so directly, but being sincere, direct and physical. Being a part of something. Becoming will made manifest. Having purpose and doing what's right.
Being male makes every boy a superhero and the added testosterone makes every man a hero.
The lead character is entirely disturbed and his outlet is abhorrent, but the alienation he feels and other internal struggles are there to some small degree in many if not most people. Fight Club exaggerates things to an extreme, which is what makes it so entertaining. Like a magnifying glass, it blows things up for easier viewing.
I cannot stress how powerful this movie is. Edward Norton and particularly Brad Pitt are fucking spectacular. It has a dirty and authentic-in-its-unique-universe feel. It is a world all its own with parallels that a sane viewer can take a step back from and see in our own.