The Fifth Element (1997)

The Fifth Element is a sci-fi epic starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. When an ancient evil returns to destroy life as we know it, former commando Major Korben Dallas decides to help Leeloo retrieve the four elemental stones to save the universe. Let’s consider the pros and cons of The Fifth Element…

Pros: Luc Besson does an excellent job building this futuristic world and laying a unique story on top of it. The attention to detail and beautiful set pieces are an impressive sight to behold. Along with the great direction and vision is a stacked cast. Gary Oldman can’t help but chew up every scene he’s in as the evil Zorg. Finally, there is an action scene that takes place during a space opera that does a fantastic job of encapsulating what this movie is all about. It’s an entertaining ride from start to finish and this scene will keep you pumped and engaged throughout the final stretch.

Cons: I love Chris Tucker to death, but his character Ruby Rhod is intentionally over the top and grating after a short period. Unfortunately he plays a prominent role in the second half of the movie which could influence your overall experience. The only other con worth mentioning is the action heavy scenes, especially toward the end. This sci-fi adventure devolves into shoot outs more times than not and the rapid cuts can get overwhelming at times. However, if the many gun fights don’t bother you, there’s not much else to complain about.

I give The Fifth Element a A-. The originality and world building alone make this a splendid sci-fi adventure, but the great direction and cast is a resounding bonus. Happy Watching!




  • Acting
  • Direction
  • Originality
  • Characters

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