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    Film Review

    Chuck Palahniuk’s novel “”Fight Club”” made the jump from print to the big screen in 1999 and became a cult classic. It looks like Palahniuk has done it again. His novel “”Choke”” has made a perfect transition from text to film.

    The film, and of course the novel, revolves around Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell), a sex addict and con artist. Victor purposely chokes in restaurants to manipulate people into helping him. When they become heroes, they feel connected to him and send him gifts and money to re-live their heroic effort. He uses the money for a selfless cause: paying the medical bills for his dementia-stricken, con artist mother. Mancini’s day job places him as the backbone of colonial society at a colonial-themed education park.

    This movie stays true to nearly every detail of the book. The twist and turns make it impossible to become disinterested in the film. The casting is perfect, with the actors embodying all of Palahniuk’s quirky, and at times deranged, characters.

    But beware – if sex, masturbation or female nudity are things you can’t put up with, this movie’s not for you.

    This film is much deeper than it sounds. Slightly satirical and extremely funny, “”Choke”” offers a look at society through a different lens. There’s a moral to be found here, as with any story, but you have to look a little deeper. One suggestion: read the book first.

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