‘The Fifth Element’ (1997)

Do you have movies that you distinctively remember watching, and very much enjoying, but can’t remember for the life of you what the movie was about or who was in it other than maybe the main actors? I do, and one of these movies is “The Fifth Element“. I saw this movie so long ago, and have seen so many since, that I completely forgot about the entire plot. I knew Bruce Willis was in it, and this was one of Milla Jovovich’s first films, but beyond that I drew a blank.

So the plot needs a little background explanation. Basically, around our modern day, aliens visited Egypt to collect four stones representing the four classical elements along with a fifth element, a person, all of which put together will create a weapon that will defeat the Great Evil. 300 years later, the Great Evil appears in space as this ball of fire that gets stronger when attacked by traditional methods of attack. When the aliens show up to destroy the Great Evil, they are quickly killed off by another form of aliens. The only thing recovered from  all the elements was the fifth element’s hand, which they were able to reconstruct the rest of the body from, resulting in Leeloo (Milla Jovovich). Enter Bruce Willis.

Bruce Willis plays Korben Dallas, a cab driver with an attitude. When Leeloo escapes from the laboratory she was created into, she dived into Korben’s taxi. She leads him to the priest that is responsible for holding onto the alien key from the beginning of the movie. Together, they must stop the Great Evil, and save the world…and well…the universe.

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This film clearly has a lot going on with it. This means if you blink, you might miss something. I love kinds of movies, and not a whole lot of movies can do that without making the movie three hours or even longer. This film made it in just over two hours, which means whoever was doing this knew what they were doing in the editing room, they knew how to effectively deal with time constraints without looking rushed.

Bruce Willis is kind of a typecast if you think about it. He’s always in these high-action profile films. Yes, sometimes there are special cases where Willis has proved he has more in him, but it is clear that his preference his action. That being said, he did amazing in this film, as did Milla Jovovich. She allows the film not to be completely serious, but lights it up when need be, which is interesting given her ultimate role in this film. I don’t know why the heck Chris Tucker was in the mvoie, but they made him out to be a pretty funny character, but I am also pretty sure that the film could have done without him.

The costumes in this film are pretty horrid, I mean a lot of which you would be able to see similarly on “Power Rangers”. That’s okay though, because you would be able to see a lot of the same stuff on “Doctor Who”, and I love “Doctor Who”. So it is bearable. The visual effects are also pretty top notch, yeah there are certain things here and there that could benefit from modern technology, but for the most part, it’s still pretty modern, because if no one tries to pay too close of attention, they won’t suspect a thing. The story itself is so complex and filled to the brim, that it really doesn’t matter how good the visual or practical effects are, the story is exciting on its own.  There is also some good humor in this, even if it is a little weird…which it is.

So this was still as great as I remember it being, but now I just know WHY I thought it was so great. So if you haven’t yet watched “The Fifth Element” I would suggest you do that!

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