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The Fifth Element (1997)

The Fifth Element (1997)


Bruce Willis
Christ Tucker
Gray Oldman
Ian Holm
Milla Jovovich

Directed by Luc Beeson

My first look at Milla Jovovich was in this pop themed science fiction The Fifth Element, this movie sticks out in my mind because of the fun ride and upbeat tempo of the movie.
The movie starts on a high with the introduction of a superior race who walk as slow as snails (you would think an evolved race would be able to move faster), then maintains that high until the last scene which is a long awaited love (sex scene) scene between Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich.

Seeing this movie almost 20 years after I first saw it made me give kudos to the visual effects of the film, they didn’t look at all lame as I expected it to 19 years after. The effects in the film were well done and the whole idea of what 2263 AD will be like is welcoming.

On guard on this film was Luc Beeson (Taken (2008)and Lucy (2014)), whose previous screenwriting and directing work before this was Léon: The Professional (1994) Luc Beeson screen writing skills are on full display in this awesome movie and the acting of Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm and Chris Tucker made each of the scene in this film worth viewing.

The movie plot centers on an alien race called Mondoshawans who are the guardians of four stones capable of defeating a great evil that appears every 5,000 years. The came to collect their stones from earth when they feared that the stones were no longer safe.

300 years after in 2263, the great evil which resembles a plant is approaching earth and all attempts to destroy it didn’t work as the plant swallowed all the missiles thrown at it. A certain priest tells the president of the Mondoshawans race and their four stones with a fifth element needed to destroy this approaching evil.

The presidents allow the oncoming Mondoshawans to approach the earth atmosphere where they were attacked, shut down and their wreckage ransacked. All hope was lost until a scientist found a single hand which he used to regenerate a human, a woman from a Mondoshawans gene/DNA.

She breaks free and lands in the taxi of Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) and begs him to help her find the priest, Korben breaks many traffic rules helping her to locate the priest.

The priest gets information on where the stones are located from the woman and he sent his colleague with her to go retrieve it. The great evil contacts his partners on earth to also go retrieve the stones. Korben is also contacted by the government to also retrieve the stones.

The Fifth Element meets all the need for a good sci-fi movie and by the time of its release it was the most expensive European film ever made with a budget of $90 million and it made over $263 million in the box office. Here is a movie worth storing, don’t you think?


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