The Fifth Element (1997)


Movie Review

Directed by: Luc Besson

Starring: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, and Chris Tucker

Every five thousand years, the Great Evil appears and threatens to destroy Earth.  The only weapon that the world has is the fifth element, which can bring the other four basic elements—earth, water, air, and fire—to life.  However, this weapon was lost centuries ago.  In the futuristic 23rd century, the Great Evil returns, and the world again needs the fifth element.  With remnants of the original fifth element, scientists create a new fifth element, a woman named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich).  Once brought to life, a frightened Leeloo flees and ends up in the cab of New York City driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis).  Korben and Leeloo then go on a galactic adventure to save Earth and the rest of the universe from certain destruction.  The Fifth Element is arguably the most unique and creative science fiction flick to date.  It’s a film that combines novel visuals with 90s pop culture.  With Bruce Willis running around the galaxy and Chris Tucker as a radio broadcaster, the film also has quite a bit of laughs.  It definitely gets a sober rating.  Any sci-fi aficionado needs to see this crazy movie.



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