If you're wondering what I look for in a sci-fi movie, it can often be summed up in one word: vision.
Not that it's the only thing I like about a good sci-fi flick, but if it's got it, I'm most likely in.
Dune has vision. Logan's Run has vision. And 1997's The Fifth Element definitely has vision.
This movie has zany characters, a compelling yet mysterious storyline, and visual effects that surprisingly hold up well in the 2020s. There's zero downtime in this movie, and for my money that's a good thing. This is easily one of the better overall sci-fi movies from the '90s.
Maybe it's because director Luc Besson hails from France. Earning over $236 million at the box office, The Fifth Element was the highest-grossing French film for over a decade.
Besson was 38 when the movie came out — but how old was he when he started writing it?
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