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The Fifth Element

A movie directed by Luc Besson

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SciFi action/adventure, intrigue, and superb plot with great acting and FX

  • Sep 13, 2009
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An ancient secret is needed to save the world, hidden deep in the deserts of Egypt. The movie starts with a prelude from 1914 when the Monascheiwans come to Earth to remove the four Element stones and the Fifth Element because war is coming. The priest in charge of the secret begs the Monascheiwans not to take them, for Evil is coming soon to Earth (every five thousand years) and the weapon of the five elements is needed to destroy the coming evil. The Monascheiwans assure the priest that in three hundred years, when Evil returns, so shall they.

Skip to three hundred years later. Mankind has mastered space travel and the new modern world is built into extremely high structures that loom far above the fog below. Major Korben Dallas has retired from the military and now drives a cab for a living. His ex-wife left him for his attorney, and he now lives in a singularly tiny apartment in a shady part of town with a cross-eyed white cat.

Priest Vito Cornelius is the priest in charge of the key to the temple in Egypt and the secrets of the five elements. He attends the president and begs that the newly discovered ball of flame not be fired upon, for he knows it is the Evil foretold in the legend. Ignored, the military fires upon the dark planet-like globe, increasing it's size by two hundred percent and wiping out the Earth vessels there to monitor it. Now Cornelius is listened to. The wreckage of the Monascheiwan ship entering Earth's territory is searched and there is just one survivor, a few cells still alive in a metal casing. Technology is such that the being is rebuilt from the few cells, and what the military and scientists don't know is that the woman they have just brought back from death is the Fifth Element from the legend. Escaping and pursued, the Fifth Element, LeeLoo, jumps from the building's ledge and winds out landing in Korben's cab. LeeLoo directs Korben to take her to priest Vito Cornelius, who discovers from LeeLoo that the four element stones were not on board the Monascheiwan ship but entrusted to a Diva named Plavalaguna (Maïwenn Le Besco) who is doing is charity performance on the planet Flostan in the Agean system.

Korben and LeeLoo must fetch the stones and bring them to Earth before Evil arrives, fighting both the evil corporate magnate Zorg and his army of Mangalore warriors. As they struggle to gain the stones, time is running out for planet Earth, and the entire universe.

This is one of the best SciFi movies I've ever watched. Definitely a ten star film. With a stellar cast, kudos need to be extended to the Editor, for his amazing work in cropping conversations to fit two separate scenes; and to the costume designer for some fabulous futuristic clothing designs (I especially love the flight attendant's uniforms) and to Eric Serra for a fantastic soundtrack - which I also purchased. The FX in this movie is superb - inventive and flawless.

The "look" that the casting director found is important to the movie's visuals - an exotic look to every secondary actor and actress for the futuristic population. The costume design is spectacular. Chris Tucker deserves an award for his performance as radio superstar Ruby Rhod. His extremely expressive face and fantastic comedic acting really put the movie together. Gary Oldman is unbeatable in his role as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg - the bad guy to beat all other bad guys. Milla Jovovich really proved, in this early role for her, what an expressive actress she is. She is perfect, and beautiful, as LeeLoo ... the Fifth Element. Ian Holms as priest Vito Cornelius is spectacular, as he is in all the film he's been in. He is an extraordinary actor. Bruce Willis's character of Korben Dallas fits perfectly for Bruce, just as 'Diehard' did - a somewhat similar character performance for him. Character actor Brion James (Blade Runner) as General Munroe, does a splendid job, along with relative unknown Charlie Creed Miles as Cornelius's assistant and priest-in-training David. Lee Evans, as Fog, gives just a superior performance as he did in 'There's Something About Mary' where he played Norm/Tucker. The alien species, both the Monascheiwans and the Mangalores, are intriguingly unique and expertly done, the FX is flawless.

This is one of my favorite movies, I watch it all the time. The casting, performances, plot, soundtrack, costume design, FX, and editing all combine to make one of the best movies I've ever seen. If you haven't seen it, you absolutely must. If you didn't like it, you probably didn't pay enough attention to the entirety of the film. It's "perfect" (just like LeeLoo is the perfect Being). A great movie to watch anytime. Ten stars. Enjoy!!
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review by . December 01, 2009
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review by . February 26, 2002
The fifth element is an action film, hosted by the great Bruce Willis. There are visuals in the Fifth Element that even to this day look terrific. Compare the Flying cars to the traffic in the backgrounds of Episode I. Lets first understand that The Fifth Element is a visual eye candy extravaganza. Not necessarily the best, but very imaginative. The story is also an invention that couldn't have easily been dreamed up. It's pretty original. Its almost hard to take a movie like The Fifth Element and …
review by . November 24, 2001
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A visual feast combining ancient mysticism, cyberpunk sensibilities, flamboyant entertainment personalities, and gun-toting alien mercenaries. In the 23rd century, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), an ex-special forces agent who now practices as a down-and-out cabbie, finds himself caught in a struggle to defy a prophesied Evil from destroying the Earth when a mysterious woman (Milla Jovovich) falls into the back seat of his cab. Pursued by both the government and a powerful magnate enlisted by the forces of Evil (Gary Oldman), the woman is the key to Earth's salvation, known only as the Fifth Element. This was French auteur Besson's first offering with Hollywood backing. Academy Award Nomination: Best Sound Effects Editing.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holms, Chris Tucker, Lee Evans, Charlie Creed-Miles, Brion James, Luke Perry
Director:  Luc Besson
Writer:  Luc Besson
1997
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Director: Luc Besson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: May 9, 1997
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Luc Besson
Runtime: 2hr 6min
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Gaumont
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