Variations on familiar Melvillian themes which lacks the broader canvases of previous crime homages, perhaps instead distilling the idolatry to brass tacks, if not purity. The continuation - or sadly conclusion - of the gorgeously dour colour palette of blue-hued stylisations brings an Autumnal chill to the eternal man-alone theme so gorgeously captured in Delon’s watery beauty.
Can't say I particularly liked this one. The opening heist scene is spectacular, really well done, but the rest of the film had pacing issues and although it is well directed the story was quite weak. 3/5
The only issue I had with this film is that it felt incomplete. But at least it didn't feel rushed or underwhelming in terms of Melville's delivery. Even the obvious illusion of the stunt involving the train and the helicopter was pulled off rather well, not to mention the robbery scene at the beginning intercut with the fog and the cold waves smashing against the hard stone walls.
"One of the highlights of this film is a stunt involving a helicopter and a moving train." Haha that's ridiculous, that sequence is the worst part of the film, really really bad special effects used made it look laughably absurd. Apart from that this is a great film.
What cops learn to feel towards civilians is indifference and scorn, says the opening epigram. Any real-world look at that thin blue line will have to wait, because for better or worse we're in Melville-land: a place of influential pure genre cool (the cheesy train gets a pass) where cops might feel less honor/empathy than crooks. It's a shame Melville died prematurely after making this; he clearly had more in him.
I understand that there are people who can suspend disbelief regarding the heist on the train sequence, but I'm not one of them. The first heist scene was fine, so why ruin it all with toy trains and a toy helicopter? It was such a long scene to sit through in the first place. In the end what are we really left with? Sighing and ennui.