Le Dernier Combat (1983)

Luc Besson directs Pierre Jolivet, Jean Bouise and Jean Reno in this post-apocalyptic adventure where a pilot and a doctor find themselves besieged by a brute.

A future without dialogue – images of survival in abandoned office blocks and fallout zones. Armour made of sporting goods and weapons of simple ingenuity. It looks great, the sexual politics stink and the arty take on nu-medieval desolation is convincing. The jaunty synth score by Eric Serra is simultaneously the best thing about the whole production and the one element that really doesn’t chime with everything else. As debuts go Besson made a fine first attempt.

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