Throwback Friday: I Think the ‘Star Wars’ Prequel Trilogy Got Some of its Ideas From ‘The Fifth Element’

For the first time, I recently watched The Fifth Element which came out in 1997. I’ve been hearing about this movie for years but it wasn’t until yesterday that I actually sat down and watched the film. As I was watching the movie I was flabbergasted by its strangely creative content and the vision that Luc Besson had concocted for this film. I almost fell asleep at the beginning of the movie because I thought it was kind of boring but I managed to stay up and watch the entire film from beginning to end.

While the overall movie clearly wasn’t the best science-fiction film I’d ever seen I still somewhat enjoyed it. But, as I’d say, about thirty minutes into the movie one of the main characters, a perfect being sent to protect Earth named Leeloo was brought to life. When she found herself in containment she, of course, ran away. It’s at this moment where my mind was blown in utter shock.


The police are looking for her and as she finds herself on a ledge on the side of the building we see, for the first time in the film, New York City (if it was 2214.) It’s a bustling metropolis with the massive buildings as far as the eye can see and floating cars flying this way and that. (Sound familiar?)

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This place looked just like Coruscant! And mind you, The Phantom Menace, came out two years after The Fifth Element so…


And then, to make matters worse, Leeloo, instead of turning herself over to the police, jumped off of the ledge and ended up falling through the sky and onto a taxicab driven by the main protagonist, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis.) Doesn’t that also sound familiar? Yes, it does.


It easily reminded me of the time when Anakin, in Attack of the Clone, jumped out of the speeder he borrowed to end up latching onto the bounty hunter’s speeder. This can’t be a coincidence.

And to push the similarities even further! Korben Dallas decides to help Leeloo from being apprehended by the police and so he puts his cab in a nose dive straight through the traffic. This is very reminiscent of the moment when Anakin also puts his speeder in a nosedive as he’s chasing the bounty hunter.

I was utterly flabbergasted. Here were these scenes and this mesmerizing location that I thought was entirely original and it turns out that they had already been presented in The Fifth Element. It was a shocking observation but it’s one I’m glad I discovered.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.



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