Fight Club is that kind of film that bottle up your thoughts. Yet at the same time, the movie presents a realistic view of what the new millennia is all about today. Fight Club has many layers to it which leave a lot of room for interpretation. But at the end the rate at which, your mind can explode to a whispering “Holy Fuck! I did not see that coming” is pretty high.
We are presented with Edward Norton, who plays the sleep deprived, baggy eyes Narrator, a slave to the corporate world. His mundane life is so dull that he seems to have fallen in a limbo of sleeplessness. His only way, which he finds out, is solace in crying at various support groups. It’s a bit ironical, as people in support groups shed tears because they want to survive, whereas Norton’s character cries to actually “get” some sleep. While he does achieve his goal, something he terms as “baby sleep”, its short lived.
Enter the cynical Marla Singer, played by the effervescent Helena Bonham Carter. Ms Singer cares two cents about which support group she goes to or who is a part of it. Why would anyone, if their sole aim is free food and coffee. The Narrator, who labels her as a “Tourist” knows right away she is a fraud. Like him, she attends them all, which starts having a profound effect on his sleep as he feels she is sabotaging his rituals to get some. Though she could have been used to a much larger extent, Carter’s character is the main catalyst to the climax of the movie.
Till this point, the viewer gets a notion that it’s probably the narrators dream. That he will snap out of it. Only to be further engrossed into the movie by Tyler Durden whom the narrator meets on one of his office business trips (which is what we are made to believe about the frequent flights taken by Norton). Tyler Durden is your charming, flirtatious looking street smart Soap maker/seller. And the suave Brad Pitt does complete justice to the role. What starts with a simple conversation about them having same briefcase turns into an intelligent conversation with Norton referring to Durden as a friend in the first meeting itself.
This is where the movie starts taking a U turn towards getting interesting and getting you hooked. The Narrator meets up with Durden once again, the same night, to get a place to crash as his well decorated, ready to impress house is up in flames, something he attributes to a leakage. After seeking refuge in Tyler’s so called house, which is an ill looking abandoned bungalow in a deserted vicinity of Paper Street, their nights are spend at bar, where one night, they get into a fight. The fight becomes a habit for them and attracts the attention of other locals who frequent the bar. What started out as fun kind of hobby, becomes a full illegal underground Fight Club, with rules. The rules are simple, but the first and the second one; basically the same is “YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB”. Men join, get into fight. Men from all occupations, size, and height take part. Fight Club appears to be a rejuvenation kind of activity club. Which it is. Until it’s time for Project Mayhem.