The universe is about to destroyed, so why not have a beautiful hero, a blue opera diva, a sleazy taxi driver, and an obnoxious radio star shoved into a plot that might be very original or might be really weird.
Bruce Willis heads the cast as the sleazy taxi driver Corben Dallas, who used to be a military officer. After running into Leeloo, the supreme being of the universe (and falling in love with her), he is conveniently enlisted to save the universe, which basically involves protecting Leeloo. For some reason, the government wants to keep the end of the universe a secret so they want the mission to be kept discreet.
The Fifth Element has a lot of plot holes and the world might be a little too strange to handle (it's like Total Recall on weed), but all in all it's a good movie. It has action, it has a lot of comedy, and most of all it has some decent sci-fi.
I like the fact that the movie does not try to flaunt the fact that it has Bruce Willis in it; he's just along for the ride. The movie is more important for its spectacular special effects and creative world than for its star power. This is not to say that Bruce Willis doesn't get his time to shine - in fact, this is, I think, his last real action movie as of 2001.
Milla Jovovich does a good job as Leeloo, the sexy fifth element. At times she acts like a child learning about the world for the first time, and at others she's a fierce heroine, especially towards the end.
As far as action movies go, The Fifth Element has some spectacular scenes. There's a cool car chase, some shootouts, and some big explosions.
But even more so, The Fifth Element is a comedy. It has some many crazy elements (that's the only word I can think of) that are just thrown in there for the hell of it that it is hard not to laugh. Chris Tucker symbolizes this as the cross-dressing DJ that seems very similar to Dennis Rodman, although I found him incredibly annoying. However, after watching this film for the tenth time I have begun to like his character, although he still is a little too cheesy for my liking.
At times, The Fifth Element gets a little too diluted with stupid comical additions, and once in a while it seems to be sending a message too serious for this movie to send, but all in all it is a worthwhile sci-fi action film.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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