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

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Insert tongue firmly in cheek

Apr 23, 2000
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Pros:Pulp style action adventure

Cons:Not for the humor challenged

There are movies that I adore because they represent the art of filmmaking at its best and most beautiful. There are movies that I hate for excessive gratuitous violence and the "f" word uttered so many times that I want to count the number of occurrences.

THEN, there are movies that I love because they poke fun at so many of our conventions. The Fifth Element is one of those for me.

I'm not much of a Bruce Willis fan, but I love him as Corbin Dallas. The way that he responds to his futuristic environment--from smoking his heavily filtered cigarette to petting the cat to taking the gun away from the erstwhile robber shows such an incredible degree of matter-of-factness. In some ways he is everyman. He dodges his mother's phone calls, wants a better job and hopes to fall in love with the perfect woman.

Little does he know that the adventure is about to begin.

The premise of The Fifth Element reminds me very much of some of the 1950's pulp Science Fiction -- not unlike Starship Troopers and other earlier works by Heinlein. The earth is threatened by a malevolent extraterrestrial force, and it becomes the responsibility of a few individuals to save the world. Corbin Dallas really has no plans to get up one morning and save the world, but he really has no choice after The Fifth Element--the perfect being AND perfect woman comes crashing through the roof of his cab. This starts Corbin and Leeloo on the course to reunite all five elements and dispel the forces of darkness.

Of course there is conflict along the way. The villain wishes to prevent the combining of the elements and throws in what obstacles he may. The villain, played by Gary Oldman made me howl with laughter. I could not get over this fine British actor with the Memphis southern accent (which was VERY well done). I think it is a total misuse of his considerable talent, but I enjoyed him nonetheless.

Add into the mix Chris Tucker and more howls ensue. I was previously unaware of this young man, but I loved him with his "Prince" like (or rather the artist formerly known as) antics. His character is SUCH a trooper though because he keeps on broadcasting from earth departure to arrival on a space cruiser through invasions by hostile aliens and while ducking for cover.

Bruce Willis plays his typical tough guy who saves the day. Milla Jovovich is really quite a delight and shows some talent as she experiences new concepts and stimulation.

In the end, love makes it possible to save the world. This is pulp sci-fi at its finest. If you're looking for art, this probably isn't the film for you. If you're looking for a good time from start to finish and can stop being so serious for a couple of hours you just might get a kick out of The Fifth Element. My kids love it, but I bought it for myself.


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