Cyberpunk Monday: Alphaville

Often I look for new dystopian movies to watch and this one piqued my interest a couple of weeks ago. On the back of the DVD cover, Jean-Luc Godard (the director of the movie) is quoted saying that a story only needs a girl and a gun. And that is the essence of the movie, because when you remove all the dystopia it’s really just a film-noir with a gorgeous femme fatale and a man in a trenchcoat waving his gun around.

Of course Alphaville is also a dystopian thriller at heart. In short, the main character Lemmy Caution is on a mission to destroy Alphaville and its controlling computer Alpha 60. Love, poetry and emotion are forbidden and considered illogical in the city. And get this, people acting illogically are being executed in a swimming pool by beautiful girls and this is all supervised by supposedly higher officials of Alphaville.

An amazing aspect of the film is that no fancy special effects or futuristic decors are being used to bring the dystopian world of Alphaville to life. That is quite an achievement and I think they really nailed the vibe.

I appreciate certain parts of Alphaville like the setting, vibe and the fact that is not a fancy sci-fi flick. Personally I think the story and the ending falls a bit flat and doesn’t leave an lasting impression on me. I haven’t seen any other Godard movies and haven’t read anything besides him dating the actress, but that could explain the rather lackluster ending.

This is not a review, because I think that Alphaville is a film that gets better every single time I will watch it. So, until next time!

Rob

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