(out of 5)
Edward Norton overindulges himself in the consumerism of 1990s corporate America and finds himself joining a savage, underground boxing club to let it all go and return to nature’s way of doing things. His new best friend (Brad Pitt) introduces him to this clever little world and orchestrates his rise to power among the many members and turning the club into a nationwide terrorist organization. David Fincher’s direction is a bit excessive at times, though not necessarily in the brutal violence that the film depicts; it’s his overindulgence in fancy visual effects and rapid editing that will turn a few viewers off. The story is damn good dirt, and while it is overly symbolic it has a bite to it that is hard to shake off. Helena Bonham Carter has a great, career-turning role as the hard-edged sexpot that Norton has a nihilistic affair with, and the post-apocalyptic set and costume designs are stunning. Should be a little shorter, but great entertainment all the same.
Directed by David Fincher
Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth
Production Design by Alex McDowell
Costume Design by Michael Kaplan
Film Editing by James Haygood