Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club

1999/10/15 139 min. Drama

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Overview

"Fight Club" is a sequel to the famous book "The Anarchist's Cookbook" by Chuck Palahniuk, which was also made into a movie starring Brad Pitt. "Fight Club" follows Tyler Durden (Pitt), who sees the world as a place where people fight for no reason, where people beat their friends and other people and use violence to get whatever they want.

The story of the movie is quite short, yet the meaning it contains is far deeper than the film's length. In the book, Tyler Durden has a chain around his neck that when he hangs his hands, he cuts himself to ensure that his mind stays his own. In the movie, we see that the chain is a metaphor of what it is like to be a victim of peer pressure. As Durden says, "I don't know why I'm doing this. I'm just playing the part. It doesn't make any sense. But that's what I do."

Foreshadowing comes into play in the movie from the first scenes of the book, "The Anarchist's Cookbook". Here, we see that Tyler is suffering from the problem of mass consciousness (social conditioning) in this society, so much so that he "assumes responsibility for everyone around him". This is the beginning of the problem, where people accept things as true without questioning and accepting the necessity of violence and conflict in this society.

The problem of foreshadowing goes a lot deeper than this, however. In fact, in the movie, it is only as early as the opening scene of the first chapter of the book, where we see that the inside of a car looks like an early 20th century version of the police station in the future.

When you watch the movie, you realize that it all fits into place, that the other events in the story, in particular the later events of the film, have a reason behind them. All the tensions in the story are therein the movie, but also in the book. After all, the conflict of the book is much deeper than the conflicts of the film, thus the differences between the two, where the film was just made for a more general audience and the book was written for a more intellectual audience.

The movie makes us reflect on our society, because it is simply made to appeal to the mass. Like most of the movies, it was made to appeal to a mass audience. It is just a movie about a group of individuals, but it has all the elements of a movie, i.e. plot, characters, action scenes, etc.

So, the appeal of the book and movie can be combined. In fact, it would be more accurate to say that both these works have a common thread, which is: how we respond to society and how we can change it.

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