'The Fifth Element' Review By Dan

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  • OVERALL
    4.0
    GREAT
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
I consider this one of my guilty pleasure movies. It's cheesy, but the good kind of cheesy. I find director Luc Besson's style pretty fun (see: The Professional) and light.

Bruce Willis stars as a retired military veteran who is now a cab driver in the distant future. His world gets turned upside down once Milla Jovovich's character (in prob my favorite role she's done, forget those crappy Resident Evil movies) literally falls into his cab. From there it's a race to stop this 'supreme evil' from annihilating earth by retrieving these elemental stones and using them plus Milla's character who is the 'fifth element'. Gary Oldman hams it up big time as the evil Zorg, which is the supreme evil's minion that's trying to stop Willis and Jovovich from obtaining the stones. Oh, and of course Chris Tucker, in one of his silliest roles ever.

This could have been just a bad high concept sci-fi film, but it's done with style and music that really gets you in the mood that it's hard to hate it for it's predictability and swiss cheesiness. It also contains one of my favorite opera scenes in a movie, that plays out in tune to Milla kicking some serious alien ass. It's worth watching again and again just for that scene.

The action is as crazy and silly as the plot, which is a benefit since that's the tone of the entire movie. I never became bored throughout the film's relative short length, and find that it has high rewatchability (I think I just made that word up).

Anyways, if you're looking for something light, fun, and moves quick and doesn't overstay it's welcome, check this out for a rental.

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Comments (13)

  1. ejk1

    You know what? I haven't seen it. In fact, I don't even remember it. I guess it didn't make much of an impression on me.

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  2. Diaigma

    I take it you didn't like Stardust, @ejk1?

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  3. ejk1

    Alright, i just watched the trailer of Stone, and here are my impressions: Norton with cornrows=hilarious, Milla stepping out of the sci-fi typecasting and doing what looks like a seductively good job, but most important of all(at least to me) is the possible return to glory for the great DeNiro. After the last decade of boring or ridiculous roles, DeNiro finally looks to be back in great form.

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  4. ejk1

    Will do. Thanks for the info.

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  5. Dan

    DeNiro is a parole officer, my bad. Just looked it up. Go watch it's trailer.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. Dan

    It's called Stone I believe. Ed Norton is in prison and is seeing DeNiro, who is a shrink or something. Milla is his girlfriend or wife on the outside, and she starts messing up DeNiro's home life.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  7. ejk1

    What one? I have not heard about this at all. Do tell. Please?

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. Dan

    She may have been type casted as only able to do bad ass chick roles. Although that new one with Edward Norton and Robert DeNiro looks promising.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Avian

    I agee with this review, and the two comments below me.

    4 years agoby @avian005Flag

  10. ejk1

    Her facial expression never seems to change. She always looks like she bit into a lemon or something sour. She's always playing a pissed off woman. She should do something different.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  11. Dan

    Completely agree. Here she was fun, funny, and a blast. She seems pretty tedious in her later films.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. ejk1

    Great review. I think you did make up "rewatchability." I never get tired of Oldman hamming it up-the only role where he seems to be understated is Commissioner Gordon. I wish Milla would go back to doing fun stuff like this. Too many years of her career has been wasted on Resident Evil or Ultraviolet, or something like that garbage. Oh well.

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  13. Diaigma

    Love this one. Good review.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag