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For years David Fincher has been turning out some of the most stylish and inventive thrillers to ever hit the American screens In spite of critical and public backlash his Alien 3 remains the most technically interesting of that series and Seven stands as the suspense film upon which all other modern suspense films are based With The Game he proved himself more than a one-movie wonder and emerged as one of the most original filmmakers working in Hollywood His new film Fight Club however is his most challenging piece of work It is a film that demands that its viewers look past whats on the surface and find something deeper Fight Club is a multi-layered film with many subplots and multiple themes Fincher delves into such topics as consumerism the feminization of society manipulation cultism fascism and even the psychosemantics of the human id and ego Primarily it is a film that surrealistically describes the status of the American male at the end of the 20th century disenchanted unfulfilled castrated and looking for a way out It depicts how consumerist males have been emasculated by their modern life styles by a feminized consumer culture that places more worth on nice furniture and nice wardrobe than masculine values like power and strength The central character in the film who remains nameless and who is played by Edward Norton is very much like Lester Burnham of American Beauty He is trapped in the corporate world and finds himself increasingly dissatisfied with the fruits it is supposed to deliver Nortons character leads an unfulfilled and aimless life Rather than masturbating as an outlet he buys furniture from IKEA It is by no chance that our Narrator is not given a name he is the Everyman of the 90s a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct Fight Club with an apartment that owns him more than he owns it He also suffers from insomnia for which
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