Cert: PG Runtime: 126 mins Director: Luc Besson Cast: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker and Brion James
Father, are you sure she’s a supreme being?
In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth Element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the remains of the Fifth Element to rebuild the perfect being called Leeloo (Milla Jovovich). She escapes from the laboratory and stumbles upon the taxi driver and former elite commando major Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) that helps her to escape from the police. Leeloo tells him that she must meet Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) to accomplish her mission. Meanwhile, the Evil uses the greedy and cruel Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) and a team of mercenary Mangalores to retrieve the stones and avoid the protection of Leeloo. But the skilled Korben Dallas has fallen in love with Leeloo and decides to help her to retrieve the stones.
I really did not take in the full impact and admirableness of The Fifth Element until recently after another viewing, long after my first. I did not remember it well upon this new viewing, but I did remember enjoying it and loving Milla Jovovich’s performance and character, and was excited to see it again. What I got in store for me this time was something miraculous and much more extravagant than I could have imagined in all the ways a movie could be. I really do believe it is a wonderful, moving film with the right amounts of action, love, comedy and horror to be total entertainment from beginning to end and, in my case, a breathtaking experience.Let me start off by praising the cast. Everyone is full throttle on their characters. While Milla Jovovich is still one of my favorite aspects of the movie, I really enjoyed Bruce Willis, surprisingly more than almost any other movie I have seen him in to this day, as well as Gary Oldman and Chris Tucker who were hilarious and entertaining as well, and all the cast gave great attitude and likability to their characters which made the film work more than it would have if the cast would have been careless or not casted properly. The script, while probably nothing special to some, I thought was fresh, fun and satisfying in the utmost sense and provided a lot of material to work with.
The scenes are captivating and either fast or slow depending on what the movie is wanting you to take in at the time, which ultimately works for the better to help everyone understand what is going on plot- wise.One of the most mesmerizing and enchanting scenes for me is the performance of the Diva Plavalaguna. I was astonished by how amazing the scene came off to me while watching. It is made out in the movie to be one of the most beautiful experiences the characters have been through, and in all seriousness, for me at least, it was. I thought it was excellently directed with beautiful vocals and the beat halfway through the vocals is catchy and I just enjoy the scene so insanely much. Some other great scenes include the climax and a scene close to the beginning including some excellent first chemistry between Jovovich and Willis’s characters in a cop chase. I hope I have expressed my newfound love for this movie in a strong enough manner to encourage anyone to see it. It took another viewing for me to realize how excellent of a movie this is, so maybe it’s haters that underrate it will give it another chance in time. It is an overlooked gem, and I highly enjoy it in many ways.