Hurry, the best French sci-fi movie is leaving Amazon Prime Video (and it’s a scandal)

If French cinema has no problem producing successful comedies (clichés and unpleasant), effective dark thrillers (all of which are somewhat similar) or even epic punchy action films (but which do not reinvent much), on the other hand, he finds it hard to bring science fiction to life.

One of the most watched French films in the world

But in 1997 (sorry don’t be sore about the old blow), Luc Besson had proved to us that France didn’t have to blush in the face of the American competition by making one of the best sci-fi movies of all time: The fifth element. Carried by a crazy cast (Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker) and a simple but highly entertaining concept, it had swept everything away at the time.

7.7 million admissions in France, 43.4 million admissions around the world – allowing it to be in the Top 5 of the greatest successes of a French feature film abroad, 3 Césars, 1 nomination at the Oscars… The fifth element has gradually built up the status of a cult film, and it is now not uncommon to see it embedded in conversations or invited to rallies or Halloween with disguises in homage to Leeloo or Ruby Rhod.

What is it about ?

In 1914, in Egyptian times, an archaeologist is confronted by aliens who take five elements with them (four stones and a humanoid being) and inform him that they will return when Evil has made its grand comeback. 300 years later, in a future as crazy as it is technologically, the alien ship finds itself under attack, allowing the release of the 5th element: a woman named Leeloo. She then meets a very special taxi driver and the two race against time to find the stones before Evil takes them.

The fifth elementa cult work

Unfortunately, if this film is now a must-see on every moviegoer’s list, it will soon disappear from our screens. Currently available on Prime Video, it will actually leave the platform’s catalog on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. And so far, there are no plans for it to return to Amazon or land on a competing streaming site. Sniff.

To motivate you to watch it now before it disappears, here is a small list of useless anecdotes to know about this movie. They can always save you during your next endless Christmas meals…

The fifth element was partially written by Luc Besson from the age of 16.

– The costumes were designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

– The language spoken by Leeloo consists of 400 words and was invented by Besson.

– The movie has been adapted into a video game for Playstation and it’s a horror to play.

– Korben Dallas, the character of Bruce Willis, was almost played by Mel Gibson and Jean Reno.

– There is a reference to Total recall very cool with the way Zorg’s secretary paints her nails.

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