Ancient curses, all-powerful monsters, shape-changing assassins, scantily-clad stewardesses, laser battles, huge explosions, a perfect woman, a malcontent hero--what more can you ask of a big-budget science fiction movie? Luc Besson's high-octane film The Fifth Element incorporates presidents, rock stars and cab drivers into its peculiar plot, traversing worlds and encountering some pretty wild aliens. Bruce Willis stars as a down-and-out cabbie who must win the love of Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) to save Earth from destruction by Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman)... and a dark, unearthly force that makes Darth Vader look like an Ewok. --Geoff Riley [show more]
Bruce Willis in a day-glo orange tank top. Milla Jovovich sporting strips of white tape and nothing else. Gary Oldman with the best hair piece ever created. Tricky as his henchman, Ian Holm as a priest, with cameos from Lee Evans, Luke Perry and Matthieu Kassovitz, and a whole host of aliens, blue opera singers, flying cars, glorious cityscapes and incredible backdrops. If you"re feeling confused, bear with me. This is one film you simply need to see for the sheer exuberant fun of it. Bruce Willis must save the Universe from Evil. Milla Jovovich is the weapon he will use, the embodiment of life and creation; the Fifth Element. Together they go on a journey to defeat Evil before it destroys everything (Evil in this case being a planet sized ball of menacing black stuff with a rather deep voice). Gary Oldman is Evil"s right hand man, a sharply, if bizarrely dressed billionaire businessman who tries everything to stop them succeeding. With such inspired decisions as using Jean Paul Gaultier as costume designer and everyone on Earth living several miles above the ground because of the fog-like pollution below, it"s very hard not to be sucked in by this space opera extravaganza. Jovovich is somewhat of an underrated actress, and in material such as this she excels. Willis does his weary hero turn to amusing effect, and even Chris Tucker as an outrageous DJ caught up in the fight is the right side of hysterical camp. The star of the show, though, is really the cinematography, the sheer number of visual ideas thrown into the mix and the flair with which they are represented. Luc Besson has always been a creative and highly watchable director, from The Big Blue to Leon via Nikita, and this ranks as one of his finest creations, both as writer and director. Watch it for the synchronised fight scene/opera performance, for Matthieu Kassovitz (the director of La Haine) as a trying-to-be mugger with a crazy hat, Milla"s spectacular dive off a building through flying traffic, and for all of the script. Fantastic fun.
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Having established an ancient temple on the planet Earth, the alien Mondoshawan race return in 1914 with four mystic stones, representing the elements, and remove a casket containing the Fifth Element, known as the Supreme Being. In the 23rd century an alien sphere of pure evil threatens the Earth, and priest Cornelius (Ian Holm) prophesies that the Fifth Element is required to defeat it. When an approaching Mondoshowan ship is destroyed, its remnants form into a female humanoid, Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), who is aided by taxi driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis). Cornelius realizes that Leeloo is the Fifth Element, and he and Korben set out to reunite her with the other four elements.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. In the year 2257, a planet-sized sphere of supreme evil is approaching the earth at relentless speed, threatening to exterminate every living organism unless four ancient stones, representing the elements of earth, wind, fire and water are united with the mysterious "Fifth Element". From Luc Besson, the acclaimed Director of "Leon" and Nikita" comes a film that turns science fiction inside out. Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. The Fifth Element takes you on an adrenalin-filled journey to a new dimension of sumptuous visuals, stunt-packed set-pieces and spectacular explosions. Actors Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James, Charlie Creed-Miles, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr., Tricky, Lee Evans & Mathieu Kassovitz Director Luc Besson Certificate PG Year 1997 Screen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Subtitles English For The Hearing Impaired Duration 2 hours and 1 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.