The Fifth Element (1997) Movie Review

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1997 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
126 minutes /

User Score: 78/100

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The Fifth Element Review


In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.

The Fifth Element (1997) is a 2h 6-min French science-fiction action adventure film that had an estimated budget of $90 million and grossed over $263.9 million at the box office. Director and screenplay writer Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional (1994), Taken 2 (2012), Transporter 2 (2005)) started writing the story at the age of 16 and did not know it would become The Fifth Element. The movie opened in theaters when he was 38 years old with a few difficulties including he wanted the film to be shot in France but he could not find the right location and settled for London and Mauritania. Luc’s parents were diving instructors around the Mediterranean, and he wanted to be a deep-sea diver as his first career choice. Luc decided in 1969 at the age of ten that he wanted to study the sea and its ecology because of his encounter undersea with a dolphin. Luc was delivered the news by his doctors that he could not dive again seven years after because of a diving accident he was involved in. He found another passion after playing around/experimenting with a Super-8 camera which paves the way for his career in the film industry.

Mondoshawans (aliens) are afraid of the evil that appears every 5,000 years and went to an ancient Egyptian temple in 1914 to collect a weapon that is the only one of its kind that can defeat the expected evil. The weapon is made up of four stones which represent the four classical elements and has a sarcophagus holding the fifth element which is in the form of a human and is used to combine the other four elements powers into a divine light. The light is the weapon that can defeat the evil that is coming. The Mondoshawans promise a priest that they will come back in time to defeat the evil with the element stones.

The Mondoshawans returned to Earth in 2263 to defeat the evil but was attacked by Mangalores. The Mangalore was hired Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg ( Gary Oldman - The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Dark Knight (2008), Leon: The Professional (1994), Batman Begins (2005)) who is an industrialist. The evil has ordered Jean to obtain the weaponry stones. The movie progresses to showing Earth trying to survive with the help of taxi cab driver Korben Dallas ( Bruce Willis - The Sixth Sense (1999), Die Hard (1988), Armageddon (1998)) who was also former special forces major. Korben joins forces with Leeloo ( Milla Jovovich - Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)) to recover four stones.

The Fifth Element had excellent special effects which are visually inventive with sophisticated production and costume design. It was a fantastic sci-fi that did not take itself too seriously and was greatly appreciated, but not all fans will enjoy this film alike. The actors gave average performances that could have been better. The editing, cinematography, sound, once again visual feast/effects, sets, and story were splendid. The Fifth Element is a movie that I will watch again with a crowd.

About The Fifth Element 1997

Title: The Fifth Element
Original Title: The 5th Element, The Fifth Element
AKA: Le cinquième élément
Year: 1997
Runtime: 126 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.85/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Ian Holm, Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Christopher Fairbank, Sam Douglas, Gary Oldman, Mac McDonald, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Martin McDougall, Indra Ové, John Neville, Brion James, John Bennett, Bill Reimbold, John Bluthal, David Kennedy, Richard Ashton, Michael Culkin, Richard Leaf, John Sharian, Vladimir McCrary, Jerome St. John Blake, Al Matthews, Tim McMullan, George Khan, Kevin Brewerton, Kristen Fick, Tricky, Sonny Caldinez, Mathieu Kassovitz
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Director: Luc Besson