The Fifth Element (DVD, 2006, 2-Disc Set, DVD + UMD Combo)

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Future fun in Luc Besson' imaginative action films

Mar 18, 2002
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Pros:Funny,smart, action packed roller coaster of a film

Cons:Some times the script really falls apart and some see the story as too weird

The Bottom Line: A corker of a film, well acted and well written. Credit for Ian Holm, Chris Tucker and the devilish Gary Oldman


Well I know for a start that Bruce Willis can be a good actor sometimes, and Chris Tucker can be funny every now and then and could Gary Oldman's performance be as good as past performances in other movies. It was all really hit and miss when I saw the trailers for it. But when I actually saw the film everything seemed right. Not to long, not short, not too boring and yet not too intense. Everything seemed so correct I was really,really impressed with this piece of cinematography.

I can remember lots of flashing lights, great depictions of the future and some funny moments when I saw this film in the cinema, but then that was 6 years ago. Would I, now a young guy with a more critical view on things still enjoy this? The answer;YES!
Even after so long I couldn't believe the fun this film puts you through, from the opening sequence to the very end I stayed glued to the TV/Cinema Screen not moving.

The story revolves around the fate of man-kind all in the hands of one New York taxi driver, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis). He gets an unlikely visit from the saviour of Earth, who falls through the roof of Korben's cab, known as Leeloo (Milla Jovovich in a difficult role). Then we are taken on the ride of a lifetime wich include characters such as the priest,Cornelius (Ian Holm), who is the only person who knows Leeloo's importance, singing super star, Ruby Rhod (the wonderful Chris Tucker) and the evil Zorg (Gary Oldman). What Buce Wills finds out it that Leeloo is the 5th Element (and Earth's only hope).

What goes on in the film is not really meant to be taken too seriously but still has to be seen in places as quite straight, but saying that it is still all in good fun and although this definately is an action film, humour is scattered throughout and mainly comes from the very funny Chris Tucker(He nearly steals the show but is just beaten by Gary Oldman). The whole story is very, very far fetched and contains some material that people might find hard to believe (the stones inside the Diva kind of left me wondering...).
What made me really pleased though was to include a baddie with a bit of wit. Sure you can have your ultimate hard guy who stares in the face of death, but that has been done far too many times. Gary Oldman steals this film with his wicked sense of humour and fine acting.
Speaking of acting, it's pretty good most of the time, especially from Holm(who is also quite amusing), Tucker and Oldman (as mentioned above)
and if one criticism had to be made it would have to be Bruce Willis. He delivers around 70 per cent of his lines well but the other 30 don't really seem to hit the spot, but Bruce has always been a bit on and off, and can be forgiven.

The set's are absolutely breathtaking, sometimes a bit too much and every thing seems a bit out of proportion, but most of the time they really make you feel in the 23rd century. What I noticed was the attention to detail, such as the huge filter on the cigarete and the travelling Chinese food shop. These little things made this film more than just another action film set in the future, but more of the way in which things could end up like. But the story though, that really could only stay on the screen .


Recommend this product? Yes


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