Director: Luc Besson. Cast: Pierre Jolivet, Jean Bouise, Jean Reno. 92 min. Rated R. France. Sci-fi.
The Last Battle, Besson's first feature, a black-and-white film, with no dialogue. A post-apocalyptic fight-for-survival sci-fi story about people who for some reason have lost their vocal cords (hence, no dialogue), made at a time when there was no CGI, made on a shoe-string budget, with pots and poles and pans standing in as weapons. And guess what? It looks so clever and easy, makes you want to produce a sci-fi movie of your own. No wonder such a movie jump starts its creator to direct spectacle-driven dizzying movies like The Fifth Element.