GREATEST LAST FOUR SECONDS EVER???
Does anyone else think that this could perhaps be the GREATEST last four seconds to any film? While there have been many great endings in films that are easily better than the ending in this film – the first French Connection comes to mind - , the last four seconds of this film are solid gold. For anyone who has seen the original F.C. the ending moments are especially rewarding. I remember when I first caught the last half of this on TV a few years ago, I kept thinking the same thing: “he’s going to give him the slip and get away…..AGAIN.” During the final chase I was so sure it was going to happen. Popeye is all tired and disoriented, barely able to keep going. The shots of the boat moving through the harbor and away from Doyle didn’t look promising. The eerie music did not help either. It all seemed so hopeless. It didn’t even look like he was getting anywhere close to the boat. I watched, grimly certain that if by some miracle he did catch up he would collapse from exhaustion or wouldn’t be able to shoot straight. WRONG. I couldn’t believe it. The brief glimpse of Charnier on the boat, as Doyle falls to his knees into shooting position. Calling out Charnier’s name out so he can turn round to see who it is that has caught him. BAM! …..and its over. Its like “GOTCHA BITCH” cue credits. There was nothing left to show. No need to. No need to see Doyle’s reaction…this was everything he had worked so hard for. And you KNOW those bullet holes on his upper chest meant his @$$ was grass.
I couldn’t believe it has the credits came out. It was one of the few moments in film where my jaw actually hit the ground. I sat watching the credits in disbelief. When they were over I started jumping up and down saying “HE GOT HIM! HE GOT HIM!” My roommate didn’t know what the hell I was on about. I guess he chalked it up as me having another fit. He hadn’t seen the first movie, which I again say makes it all the more powerful, watching him continually slipping from Doyle’s grasp. I think the best part about it was that Charnier was probably so sure he had made it again, confident and arrogant. You see the look of surprise and first, then shock as he is shot and then finally horror as he is beginning to fall groping helplessly. Never have so few seconds (I think it was four in all) meant so much to me as a viewer. Simply Brilliant. Amazing.
Too bad this film is nowhere near as great as it’s predecessor, not does it have Roy Scheider. Any thoughts?
P.S. does anyone else think that movie Primer is awful??