Title: The Bunker of the Last Gunshots

Also known as:
Le bunker de la dernière rafale (Original title)

Year: 1981

Genre: Short / War / Cyberpunk / Experimental

Language: N/A

Runtime: 26 minutes

Director: Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Writer: Gilles Adrien, Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129805/

In a distant future, in a locked up bunker, a group of soldiers are waiting for the enemy, but drastic events change things and they end up having to attack eachother.

Our thoughts:
You are most likely going to recognize the names behind this film. Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro worked together on films such as "The City of Lost Children" and "Delicatessen", and Jean-Pierre Jeunet also made the IMDb #44 top film "Amelie from Montmartre". Personally, I've only seen "Delicatessen" out of their previous works (not counting "Alien: Resurrection" by Jean-Pierre) and even that was so long ago that I wouldn't be able to tell you much about what happens in it. I just remember being heavily impressed by it and have ever since been meaning to check out "The City of Lost Children", it just never really happened. So when I was scrolling through cyberpunk titles, I stumbled upon "The Bunker of the Last Gunshots" and then noticed the names behind it and knew it would be a film to watch.

You can't really make out too much of the plot and this seems to be a universal agreement between people who has seen it. It is a short film so it never takes the time to go in depth with the characters or even the situation they're in, but from what I got out of it, it's a group of military men locked up in a bunker and one soldier activates a countdown on a machine, which counts backwards from 99999 to 0. The same soldier gets punished, meanwhile the rest of them turn on eachother, and one by one are killed.

I couldn't really get into the film that much, I thought it needed alot more work on the story for me to be really hooked in. But this movie was really all about the visuals. It's an extremely bleak film and it has some beautiful shots, in all their gritty glory, that really makes the movie worth while. I'm a huge fan of cyberpunk (when done right) and while this isn't heavily into cyberpunk, it has enough to be categorized as such. All I can comment badly on as far as the style and look of the movie is some of the effects/after effects, such as the inserted blue background you see when it films the bunker from the outside, and things such as visible soundwaves.

I'd be lying if I say that "The Bunker of the Last Gunshots" didn't disappoint me. I was expecting too much out of the film, but I do think it could've been done exactly how I had wanted it if only it worked a while on getting into the heads of the soldiers instead of just showing their breakdown. You don't get a good and worthwhile story with this one, but what you do get is a visually fantastic, bleak short experimental film made by some directors who went on to make bigger things years after this piece of celluloid. It's a film to see, but not one to follow.

Positive things:
- Great visuals!
- Cyberpunk-themed films are always worth checking out.
Negative things:
- I wish it would've gotten more into the story and the characters.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 3.5/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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