The dark side

For months, the Hollywood rumor mill has been abuzz about the 20th Century Fox release Fight Club: Adjectives like "brutal," "irreverent," and "subversive" are being invoked with regularity as the film nears its opening date this month. This might seem like so much hype were it not for the track record of director David Fincher, who enjoyed pushing the envelope with his pitch-black 1995 thriller Seven, and whose last feature, The Game, went out of its way to alienate the audience.

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