The Fight Club Trailer
Fight Club In a Nutshell
Fight Club is about a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground “fight clubs” forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion. A back alley Fight Club can change the world.
The Fight Club Movie Breakdown
Fight Club Tag Line: When you wake up in a different place at a different time, can you wake up as a different person?
Who is in it? Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, and Jared Leto.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Was it dramatic and mysterious? Yes.
Would this movie be for every drama-mystery fan? Yes
Should you see it? You’re kidding right… wait a second. You’re telling me you haven’t seen this movie yet? Ok here’s what you do, skip school or stay home from work and get it immediately and WATCH THIS MOVIE. Yes. Yes, you should watch it.
Run Time: 139 minutes
I am Jack’s Fight Club Movie Review
Before I break a couple of rules here, there are a few things you need to know about Flight Club.
- You do not talk about Fight Club.
- You DO NOT talk about Fight Club.
- If someone says “Stop”, goes limp, or taps out the fight is over.
- Only two guys to a fight.
- Only one fight at a time.
- No shirts and no shoes.
- Fights will go on as long as they have to.
- If this is your first night at Fight Club, you HAVE to fight.
Being a movie nut has it’s disadvantages. One of those disadvantages is people always asking you what your favorite movie is. THAT is a hard question for a lot of people for multiple reasons. People generally have movies they can watch over and over and still love but have a hard time coming up with a favorite movie of all time. For me, that question is easy. When people ask me what my favorite movie of all time is, I say Fight Club. I’ve seen this movie at least 100 times, I’ve listened to the commentary, and I even liked it so much I actually read the book (thats a fairly big deal to anyone that actually knows me). Before I totally review the crap out of this movie I have to say that If you have not seen this movie you should really not read this until you have. Go rent it on Netflix or one of those nearly extinct video rental stores like Blockbuster and then come back and finish this. With that said, lets break the first two rules and talk about Fight Club.
Now a question of etiquette as I pass do I give you the ass or the crotch…
Fight Club was adapted from a book of the same name written by author Chuck Palahniuk. Like every other movie made from a book known to man, the book readers of the world say “The book was better“. After reading the book I have to say that they are both great and fall as a tie. The book was a LOT darker and operated on a much grander scale. Not only that… the book had a different ending (but I won’t ruin that for you). But hey, what am I talking about this isn’t Nutshell-Books.com (yet) and lets focus on the movie. Lets lay out the broad stokes of the film here. The first thing is, we never learn Edward Norton’s character’s name. He’s usually referred to as ‘The Narrator’ or ‘Jack’. I even read somewhere that the subtitles refer to him as ‘Rupert’ because that was one of his fake names he gave at one of the support groups, but to make it easier for everyone lets call him Jack.
A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don’t do one.
Jack is basically doing what everyone else is doing… hes buying crap and making a pretty life for himself. He is an automotive recall coordinator which means he has to travel to different cities and assess major damages caused by faulty equipment on cars. “A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don’t do one.” Jack meets a man named Tyler Durden on a plane ride back to his neatly furnished condo and we learn that Tyler makes and sells soap. When Jack arrives his luggage doesn’t arrive because it was vibrating and the baggage handlers (throwers) had to search it. After going home, depressed from losing some personal effects he finds that his apartment had exploded. Having nowhere to go, he calls Tyler and they meet a local tavern for beers.
Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.
Jack is captivated by Tyler’s view on life because it is the exact polar opposite of his and he and Tyler live together after they have a harmless fight in the parking lot. Tyler’s house is a total mess and looks like it could collapse at any point. After living with Tyler he soon doesn’t miss TV or all the luxuries of his previous life. Little by little more and more people meet Jack and Tyler at the tavern and Fight Club is born. One thing that explains why a Fight Club sprouted up all over the city (and later the world) comes from the book. When a Fight Club reaches 50 members, it seals off. Some of the leaders and any new people are forced to go somewhere else and start another fight club. Thats the reason there were clubs all over the globe, because men identified with it so much that it grew and grew to the point it took over the world. Anyways, after the owner of the tavern bursts in on one of the meetings, Tyler stands up to him and lets him kick the crap out of him. After he is all beat up and bloody he shows just how crazy he is by grabbing the owner and bleeding all over him and making him promise to let them keep the basement (and he complies and leaves scared shitless of Tyler).
The first rule of Project Mayhem is, You Do Not ask questions.
After that incident he gives the men a homework assignment after the Fight Club Meeting to go out and start a fight with a complete stranger and lose. More and more homework assignments follow, and they all have to do with ruining something or causing general mayhem, which gives birth to ‘Project Mayhem’. After standing outside of Tyler’s door with no food, water, or encouragement a recruit can then enter and begin training. Fight Club at this point leaves the basement and becomes ‘Project Mayhem’ and the first rule is: You Do Not ask questions. Lets kick it into high gear here and finish this out. The recruits make and sell soap on a large level to fund the operation of making bombs in the basement. After a car accident, Jack goes to sleep and wakes up wondering where Tyler is and goes to a bunch of cities to find him but Tyler seems to be one step ahead. We soon find out that Tyler is in Jack’s head and he is schizophrenic. Tyler had put the end of the world into motion and there is nothing Jack can do about it. The bombs the recruits (space monkeys) made are set to explode in key buildings across the city. These buildings are credit card buildings and the bombs will erase the debt record, and free society. The suspense leads up to Jack trying to stop Tyler from blowing the bombs and he shoots himself in the face. The bullet actually exits through the side of his neck which ‘Kills’ Tyler but leaves Jack alive. The final scene in the film we see the bombs go off and society collapse, showing one man had changed the world. The End. My closing question is this… If you could fight anyone, who would you fight?
Official Nutshell-Movies Explanation
Fight Club (1999): Man with insomnia develops schizophrenia. With help from his alter ego they start a cult and take over the world.
Fun Facts About Fight Club
- Director David Fincher shot over 1,500 reels of film, more than three times the usual amount for a 120 minute film.
- As the narrarator is sitting in a hotel room talking about ‘single serving friends’ there is a cut to a video of the hotel staff on the tv saying ‘Welcome!’. If you look closely you can see that Brad Pitt is one of the people up front.
- Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) was originally going to recite a workable recipe for home-made explosives (as he does in the novel). But in the interest of public safety, the filmmakers decided to substitute fictional recipes for the real ones.
- Author Chuck Palahniuk has stated that he found the film to be an improvement on his novel.
- Although he refused to smoke in Rounders (1998) (his character played poker for cigarettes, but did not smoke), Edward Norton agreed to smoke for this film.
- The reverse-tracking shot out of the trash can, an elaborate digitally animated sequence, was the very last shot to be added to the film. It required so much processing time that it almost had to be spliced in “wet” – i.e., fresh from the lab – so that the film could be duplicated on schedule. Due to the amount of reflective surfaces in the shot, it took almost 8 hours to render a single frame. The entire shot took 3 weeks to render.
- In the short scene when Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are drunk and hitting golf balls, they really are drunk, and the golf balls are sailing directly into the side of the catering truck.
- The brown station wagon against which Edward Norton falls in his first fight with Brad Pitt is the same brown station wagon used in The Game (1997), in which Michael Douglashid while James Rebhorn drove him to CRS headquarters. The car has a CRS sticker on the windshield (although the sticker cannot be seen in the actual film - David Finchermentions it on his DVD commentary).
- In Tyler Durden’s house there is a Movieline magazine cover featuring Drew Barrymore, a close friend of Edward Norton. The Blu-Ray edition of the film (released in November 2009) contains another “in-joke” reference to Barrymore; a fake menu for the film Never Been Kissed (1999), which was released the same year as this film.
- Some of fake names used by the narrator in the self-help groups are taken from Planet of the Apes (1968) (Cornelius), as well as classic roles played by Robert De Niro (such as Rupert from The King of Comedy (1982)and Travis from Taxi Driver (1976)).
- Much confusion exists amongst fans about the Narrator’s name. Many believe it is Jack due to his use of the phrase “I am Jack’s…”, but others argue that he only uses the moniker Jack because that was the one he saw in “Annotated Reader”. Interestingly, in the press packages released for the movie, which came in the form of an Ikea-esque catalog, the character is referred to as Jack, as he is on the back of the DVD, and in the booklet accompanying the DVD, where the Chapter list is referred to as “Jack’s Chapters”. Also, the original screenplay by Jim Uhls refers to him as Jack. On the other hand, in the closed captions for the film, he is referred to as Rupert. Edward Norton reveals that he refers to the character as Jack on the audio commentary on the DVD and Blu-ray.
- The movie’s line “The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club” was #27 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007.
- David Fincher took 12 takes of the stuntman rolling down the stairs for the fight between The Narrator and Tyler at the end of the film. The take used in the movie is the very first one.
- Marla Singer’s phone number, 555-0134, is the same as Teddy’s number in Memento (2000). It is also the same as the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harriet the Spy (1996), Eddie Alden’s in Someone Like You… (2001) and a Mental institution in an episode of”Millennium” (1996/I).
- When a Fight Club member sprays the priest with a hose, the camera briefly shakes. This happens because the cameraman couldn’t keep himself from laughing.
- The sex scene between Tyler (Brad Pitt) and Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) was shot using the same ‘bullet-time’ technique used in The Matrix (1999); stills cameras were set up in a circle around the bed, and each one would take a single shot in sequence. These single frames were then edited together and enhanced with CG, as both Pitt and Bonham Carter were fully clothed in motion capture suits during the shoot.
- The term ‘Paper Street’ refers to a road or street that has been planned by city engineers but has yet to be constructed. A paper street is sometimes published in common street directories by accident, but does not yet exist.
- The front of the product packaging for “Avery 8293 Matte White High-Visibility Labels for Inkjet Printers” shows a sample usage of the label on a shipping package. The address on this label is, “Tyler Durden 420 Paper St. Wilmington, DE”
- When Tyler (Brad Pitt) catches The Narrator (Edward Norton) listening at the door as he has sex with Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), he is wearing a rubber glove. This was Brad Pitt’s idea, and caused a great deal of controversy with President of Production at Fox 2000 Pictures, Laura Ziskin. She was horrified when she saw the scene and demanded that it be removed. However at a subsequent test screening, the appearance of the glove got the biggest laugh of the whole movie, prompting Ziskin to change her mind.
- To ensure that Bob’s (Meat Loaf) breasts and love handles hung correctly, his fat suit was filled with birdseed, so that it would ‘spill’ over his pants and give the impression of sagging flesh. Altogether, the suit plus the seed weighed over one hundred pounds.
- The breath in the cave scene is recycled Leonardo DiCaprio breath from Titanic (1997), which was composited into the shot.
- The scene where Tyler (Brad Pitt) splicing the few frames of a penis into a family film shown in the theater is a reference to Persona (1966), where in the beginning, a few random images are shown into a projected film, including that of an erect penis.
- Chuck Palahniuk revealed that when he wrote the book, he did not actually know that Tyler and the Narrator were the same person until he was two thirds of the way through writing the story, at which point he noticed that they acted together as one person and chose to finish the story as such.
Fight Club is definitely worth the watch!