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Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983)

Le dernier combat (original title)
R | | Sci-Fi | 12 June 1984 (USA)
In a post-apocalyptic future where no one is able to speak, the few remaining humans fight over resources in order to survive.

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Luc Besson
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Pierre Jolivet ... The Man
Jean Bouise ... The Doctor
Fritz Wepper ... Captain
Jean Reno ... The Brute
Christiane Krüger ... Captain's Concubine
Maurice Lamy Maurice Lamy ... Dwarf
Pierre Carrive Pierre Carrive ... Captain's Man
Jean-Michel Castanié Jean-Michel Castanié ... Captain's Man
Michel Doset Michel Doset ... Captain's Man
Bernard Havet Bernard Havet ... Captain's Man
Marcel Berthomier Marcel Berthomier ... Captain's Man
Petra Müller Petra Müller ... Woman in the Cell
Garry Jode Garry Jode ... Captain's Man
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In the post-apocalyptic future, only a few humans are left. No one is able to speak; the film contains no dialogue, and characters communicate non-verbally. A determined loner befriends a reclusive older man and these two battle against vicious thugs for food, shelter and life itself.

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France

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12 June 1984 (USA) See more »

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Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) See more »

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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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[the film's only line of dialogue]
The Doctor: [whispering] Bon... jour...
The Man: [whispering] Bon... jour...
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Entertaining But Dated
2 January 2003 | by bbyunSee all my reviews

Le Dernier Combat is an interesting and memorable take on the familiar postapocalyptic scenario, and its primary conceit -- its near-total lack of dialogue -- is effective, but ultimately it's a stylish but overly familiar "lone hero of the apocalypse" story without much to add to our understanding of human nature.

The absence of dialogue in the film, while interesting, is not quite original -- it was done 20 years earlier in the Twilight Zone episode "Two" (starring Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery), which like this film took place in postapocalyptic wasteland; and that story, compressed as it was into a half-hour episode, carried an emotional heft largely lacking in Luc Besson's take.

The problem with this film, as with most of Besson's work, is its essential shallowness; while Le Dernier Combat is undeniably a visually appealing work which showcases Besson's ample talents as a maker of stylish, humorous and thrilling action films (Le Femme Nikita, Leon), and while it does feature some genuinely touching and quirky moments, Besson's ability to plumb the depths of human nature falls far short of what a story of this kind demands.

The other major problem with this film, for a contemporary audience, is the music. Le Dernier Combat is saddled with a laughably inappropriate early 80's jazz-disco score that practically drains any dramatic impact from scenes in which it appears. Jaunty dance music isn't quite what one expects in a scene of tragic human suffering. Even Tangerine Dream would be preferable to Eric Serra's work on this film.

Le Dernier Combat is a film worth seeing, if only so that Luc Besson fans can get an early glimpse of the Besson style in its infancy, and there is no denying the appeal of its performances and the impressive fact of how visually dynamic the film is given its rock-bottom budget. But science fiction fans expecting a powerful human drama should lower their expectations.


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