7 Feb 2010

La Jetee

Lets get the bad out of the way.

I did not like this film.
That's my honest opinion and that's what these reviews are right? But I'll look into the film unbiasedly and give a full-on review. Because that's what awesome people do.

La Jetee (Translated to The Jetty or The Pier) is a science fiction film that delves into time travel and a post-apocalyptic world. Two for the price of one in terms of sci-fi.
The Third world war has come and gone. Survivors of the war shelter underneath Paris. The survivors research time-travel for one reason, TO SAVE THE WORLD! By calling on the past and future, the french hope to save the present. Is that a Tardis I see? The issue with the whole time travel deal is that test subjects don't do that thing that is required, you know like survive. That is until one man succeeds. The male prisoner has an obsessive memory of a woman on a pier (can you see the name?).

With repeated success to the past, the jailers decide to send the man to the future upon which he meets a race of future people. The future guys give the Prisoner and a energy unit capable of restoring power in his time line. We mission accomplished every is happy.

The End...


No, it's not. The jailers have no more use for the prisoner so decides to do what all evil genius' do. Kill the subject. At his moment of need, The future guys give him a chance to escape with them, which he declines. He instead opts to go to the past, to the event he remembers so vaguely but accurately. Its here that he sees what his life has revolved around...his death, at the hands of one of the Jailers in front of the woman.
There is no possible way I can deny what this film has done for movies in general. Lets take a look:

Although the technical style of La Jetee provides a large fraction of its charm, the essential story is projected in surprising detail for such a short piece. In part this effect is achieved through the choice of superlative black & white photographs; these are grainy enough and shot in such a way that the immediate impression is of wartime photojournalism whilst the events captured suggest far more than they illustrate. By altering the time for which each shot is held (at times a quick succession of similar images approximates to film) a tight grasp of pace and a certain level of suspense is achieved. Interestingly, perhaps the most significant result of La Jetee is that the basic structures utilised in cinema are stripped bare and revealed unadorned.

Marker uses monochrome images recognisably from the past, such as the ruins of Europe after WWII, and with a few small props and effects, subtly suggests a future environment. The soundtrack's texture is similarly sparse, and the fluid montage leads the viewer into the sensation of watching moving images. Until, that is, an extraordinary epiphany when an image genuinely does move: the man's sleeping lover opens her eyes.

I find it tediously pretentious, but there are striking images in it, and it does get across a vague impression of Frankensteinian meddling with the brain.
New York Times

So I can't deny that but from my point of view, it was slow and well, boring. Please don't hate me. I thought the way that the film had nearly no noticeable backing music played against it. In the films with no audio, this isn't an issue but they were capable of audio.
For a 28 minute piece, I felt it lasted al lot longer and it had nothing to capture my attention. The plot sounds great and I am a fan of Sci-Fi but this didn't grip me. I find it hard to explain but this movie didn't 'click' for me. The reason? I can't put my finger on it and that annoys me...

Nice Glasses pal.


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