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Last Battle (Le Dernier Combat) [1983] [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Pierre Jolivet, Jean Bouise, Fritz Wepper, Jean Reno, Maurice Lamy
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Pierre Jolivet, Luc Besson
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YWK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,917 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Post-apocalyptic wasteland movie directed by Luc Besson ('The Big Blue', 'Leon'). With the world in ruins and the people now unable to speak, a young man assembles a small plane and sets off for the city in search of a woman. There he befriends an old doctor who has barricaded himself inside a hospital, and together they fight the aggressions of a group of dangerous outlaws.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jay M VINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
Luc Besson gives us his post apocalyptic vision of a world where everything has broken down, sand has encroached, buildings are covered, and what remains of the standing buildings are empty shells. Amongst this wasteland are sparse groups of people, some in small, uneasy groups, others on their own. They all have one thing in common, they're trying to survive.

These people no longer know anymore how to communicate with one another. No language is used. Words, language and speech are a forgotten art. People communicate by gutteral grunting, pointing or more regularly, fighting. In our modern world where our language has been decimated into new, trendy speak and text type abbreviation, Besson's craft is chilling, as his views are equally relevant today as they were in 1983. Is this where we are heading? People seem less able to get on with each other too nowadays, also crossreferenced in the film, as nearly everytime 'The Man' bumps into someone, it starts a fight.

We have the main character, simply known as 'The Man'. He spends his days passing time on his own. He's building a flying machine to try and take him further across land in search of a female companion. For this, he needs to get parts, which brings him into contact with other groups of people, from whom he steals parts. This ends in a chase naturally.

'The Man' gets away but soon comes into contact with the new focal point of the film, a watcher. A great, unhinged performance by Jean Reno, he will become 'The Man's' greatest enemy.

Battered and bruised, 'The Man' stumbles into a disused medical centre, into the life of another man, who also carries on a lonely existence and paints to pass the time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
The Last Battle (Le Dernier Combat) [Blu-ray] [1983]

I would refer you to the excellent review by "Jay M "jay_mc" but my feelings about this film are rather more mixed.

Luc Besson certainly creates an apocalyptic vision of a nuclear wasteland, with the air so polluted the few isolated remaining people are unable to speak any longer, there is a moving scene where "Man" Pierre Jolivet and "The doctor" try to speak by breathing oxygen.

The film can be interpreted many ways, for example as either the pointless existence of survivors following a nuclear holocaust, an indication of the way civilisation is progressing with people increasingly isolated by technology (computers etc), and alternatively (although never in Besson's thoughts) the outcome of global warming.

I do not see this as a silent film (the techniques are entirely different) and the lack of dialogue merely created a barrier between me and the characters and detracted from the impact of the film.

An extremely unusual and significant but somewhat dated film, therefore I would suggest renting instead of buying.
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By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
A very impressive first film, made on a tiny budget, this highly imaginative, sometimes darkly funny view of a post-apocalyptic world where no one
can speak is beautifully shot and designed, elements that would become hallmarks of Besson's style.

There isn't much of a plot, we just observe as several male characters struggle against the elements and each other to survive in the meager pickings
of remains of the civilized world. (For much of the film, we don't know if there are any women left at all). Sand has overtaken and filled office
buildings and water is in scarce supply. If the film were made today, one might guess global warning was the culprit of human decline, but like
much else, what happened in the past is allowed to remain a mystery. And how nice that Bresson has the courage not only to make a film without
words, but also without endless exposition.

For all the `action' implied by the title, this is no "Mad Max". While there are a few quite well done fights, much of the film is given over to slower,
smaller more human moments, most touchingly, when people try - against all odds - to connect and form bonds.

There are weaknesses. The film can feel thin, even drawn out at times, and the score can be downright awful. Why this beautiful, sad, macabre film
got an early 80s poppy disco-synth score is beyond me. I'm sure Besson had his reasons, but it's been a long time since a score so aggressively
took me out of a film. There are also some logic questions that start to become bothersome. E.g. It's one thing to postulate that for some reason no
one can speak, but since it's clear they can read and remember language (and want to speak) why does no one ever write a note?
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