FOX 2000 Unit
screening list： Fight club（1999），Man on Fire (2004)， Walk the Line (2005)，The Devil Wears Prada (2006)，Life of Pi (2012)
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter
The story is told by a first person narrator, Jack, who suffers from insomnia and co-founds Fight Club with the unruly Tyler whom he meets. The club is an underground organization where people get to fight without wearing any protection. Flight Club quickly becomes a national organization, and under the leadership of Tyler, things start to get off the original track, and become crazier and crazier. Jack can’t take it anymore and decides to leave Tyler, but he finds that he can’t because of a terrifying secret…
When Fight Club was first in theatre in October, 1999, it didn't do so well at box office. But to everyone’s surprise, its DVD sold over 6 million copies later. It scores so high and gets listed among the best movies in the world on both IMDB and on Douban (a movie scoring website in China). With Freudian psychoanalysis, criticism on consumerism, and interpretation of human nature, it has been rated as a cult film by fans who consider it as Hollywood’s merciless exposure of the abnormities in western society. Fight Club is going to screen at Shanghai International Film Festival this year, which is an exciting news for Chinese fans.
Man on Fire (2004)
Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony
The Oscar-winner Denzel Washington plays an ex-CIA operative John Creasy in the movie. He was a ruthless assassin, but he gets trapped in his own nightmares and gives up on himself and becomes an alcoholic. A friend recommends him to be hired as a bodyguard in Mexico for a 10-year-old girl Lupita. Lupita’s simple and naïve personality influences John and she becomes the only light in his life. When Lupita is kidnapped and killed, John seeks revenge in furious rage.
The combination of a ruthless assassin and an innocent little girl reminds people of Léon: The Professional in 1994. Unlike that one, Man on Fire focuses on the complex personality of John Creasy. He is struggling in hell, but he is given a chance back to a normal life by the little girl who is the angel and the only light of his life. When his last chance is crashed, it breaks the audience’s hearts to see him feel so desperate.
Walk the Line (2005)
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick
John Cash is a country boy from Arkansas. His brother dies in an accident when he is still a boy, and since then, he has been living in his father’s blame and taunt. He loves music, and becomes a country musician. He gains his fame and has his own family. On a tour, he gets addicted to drugs and slips into the abyss. Drug use makes his wife Vivian leave him with the kid. So he turns to a female singer June Carter whom he has feelings for but couldn't be with since he has a family. June helps him get rid of drugs but refuses his love time and time again. When John finally comes clean from drugs and gets to start his career all over again, his love with June finally comes to a happy ending on the stage.
Walk the Line is a movie about degradation and redemption. It is a biographical film adapted from a true story. If you are a fan of country music or John Cash’s, you will come across many familiar melodies in the movie. Reese Witherspoon won the Best Actress Award at the 78 Academy Awards for her brilliant performance in the movie, which is another highlight of it.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Director: David Frankel
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Steep, Emily Blunt
The naïve Andrea comes to the famous fashion magazine RUNWAY for an interview. Mirada, the editor of the magazine, hires her as the second assistant. At first, Andrea feels mistreated because no matter how hard she tries, Mirada never appreciates it. with the help of a colleague, she decides to adapt herself. She gets popular and even replaces the first assistant in Miranda’s heart. Miranda decides to take this smart girl to France. For Andrea, Miranda loses her friendship with friends. In France, when Andrea knows that Miranda may be losing her job for protecting her, she is surprised and depressed. How would Andrea choose? Many people see themselves in Andrea.
Life of Pi (2012)
Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Suraj Sharma/Rafe Spall/Irrfan Khan
A writer who is searching for inspirations learns by accident that Pi Patel has a legendary life story: Pi’s father has a zoo. Growing up there, Pi has his own ideas about belief and humanity. At the age of 17, Pi’s parents decide to immigrate to Canada for a better life. He has to leave his lover. On the ship to Canada, they meet a brutal French cook. On one night, out in the boundless ocean, the thunderstorm which excites Pi turns into a disaster that swallows the entire ship. Pi survives, which is a miracle. He drifts on the ocean in a lifeboat, accompanied by an expected companion, a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. The adventure starts from there.