Le Dernier Combat

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • R
  • Science Fiction

The feature-film debut of Luc Besson, who went on to achieve a measure of fame with SUBWAY and the French blockbuster THE BIG BLUE, LE DERNIER COMBAT is a masterfully directed--albeit somewhat empty and boring--picture that successfully tells its story without dialog or voice-overs. The setting is the postapocalyptic future, in which the few human survivors...read more

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The feature-film debut of Luc Besson, who went on to achieve a measure of fame with SUBWAY and the French blockbuster THE BIG BLUE, LE DERNIER COMBAT is a masterfully directed--albeit somewhat empty and boring--picture that successfully tells its story without dialog or voice-overs. The

setting is the postapocalyptic future, in which the few human survivors are unable to speak. One of these is The Man (Jolivet), who lives in a half-buried skyscraper and spends his spare time building an airplane. Desiring freedom more than anything, The Man passes time by reading, struggling in

vain to make his devolved throat produce words. When he finally gets his plane functioning, The Man is able to escape his hell by flying over the vast wasteland. Eventually, he falls from the sky to set up a new home in a dilapidated old Paris hotel. Also living in the ghost town are a huge brute

(Reno) who seems to be driven only by greed, hunger, and violence; a doctor and aspiring painter (Bouise) who has barricaded himself in a hospital with a limitless supply of rations; and . . . a woman, imprisoned by Bouise, but to whom he devotes himself and his art. Besson's debut effort is

witty, exciting, and frightening all at once, and its creation of a blasted, blighted landscape of half-recognizable, half-buried buildings is an amazing feat (especially on a nothing budget). Unfortunately, the film is a bit slow-going in spots and is saddled with a wretched electronic jazz score

from Serra.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: R
  • Review: The feature-film debut of Luc Besson, who went on to achieve a measure of fame with SUBWAY and the French blockbuster THE BIG BLUE, LE DERNIER COMBAT is a masterfully directed--albeit somewhat empty and boring--picture that successfully tells its story wit… (more)

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