Subway (1985) – Film Review

If there’s one movie actor who is always on my mind, he must be Fred.

There are many impressive characters in the movie Subway– the safe explosion lovers, the music fan, the cash box robber, bole with a keen eye for musicians, the birthday party, the owner of the lost item, the tender lover, the orphan, the guy in handcuffs with one hand, and the unlucky guy who was in a car accident and eventually died.

Even though the costumes were from 1985. That unruly blond hair is still charmed me at the first sight.

He wore a black tuxedo and black bow tie in the first scene in the movie. Then he picked a long, light-coloured coat out of a pile of old clothes. He just walked around the underground world.

He had an almost demented expression. He loved to get close to people, very close, and then looked at you. If you were paying attention, you could almost see the innocence in his eyes.

His childhood dream was always on his mind. Even with a penchant for blowing up safes.

But he just blew it up. He even returned the stuff in the safe, except for a picture of a girl when she was nine.

He used the gun to show his companions that it was wrong to kill. But he was eventually shot by another man.

His fate was like a toy.

You could call him Fred the Thief, like a DVD cover. I just call him, Poor Fred.

And then remember the way he looked like when he saw the girl he loved.

Since I didn’t go to the movies today, I picked a random French film at home. I didn’t realize it was Luc Besson’s early masterpiece. Not quite as lavishly produced as the later films he directed, such as Leon and The Fifth Element and the production methods were not the same. But like many great directors and there was nothing cheesy about it. It can be seen that in this film, he made a lot of attempts at shooting methods.

For example, at the beginning of the film, a scene of a car chasing created a tense atmosphere, but the lead character picked a music tape and reacted the chasing with an indifference attitude. It was then revealed that the chasing was caused by an unexplained robbery. It can be seen that the lead character had a decadent attitude towards life by his hairstyle and his body language. Then there was the vibrancy of the Paris metro and the strange lifestyle of the homeless people who lived in it. It implied a repressed emotion and a rebellion against the modern way of life.

Although it’s a movie from the 1980s, it’s still very appealing to watch now. The plot is familiar, but the atmosphere created by the big director is beyond the reach of television. Some people complain that the actors’ costumes were old-fashioned, but how can you ask a well-made film from the last century to use modern clothes?

What I find amusing is that Jean Reon played a minor role in the movie as a subway sojourner who plays the drums. I am not sure if he can actually play the drums, but he looked like he does in the film anyway. It seems like Jean Reon was in a lot of Luc Besson’s films, and he first role in Luc Besson‘s films was a caveman, and in this film, he was also a minor character. It wasn’t until Leon that he was promoted to the lead role. It’s interesting to think about.

If you like French cinema, you should definitely check it out. Luc Besson’s style is different in each of his films, so it’s worth to watch.

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