The Fifth Element

Film, Science fiction
The Fifth Element

Time Out says

The 23rd century: Earth's being threatened by a fireball - Absolute Evil - and our only hope lies with the Fifth Element, sent by friendly aliens and given human form as the waifish Leeloo (Jovovich), who's rescued from a suspicious militia by Korben Dallas, spacefighter turned Brooklyn air-cabbie (Willis). Until he takes her to the priest Cornelius (Holm), who alone understands the ancient mysteries, Dallas has no idea of his charge's role in the scheme of things - though her exceptional powers and the unwelcome attentions of Zorg (Oldman), a power maniac aligned with Evil, soon convince him she's something special. While there's enjoyment to be had from Willis's amiably tongue-in-cheek performance, Dan Weil's production design, Jean-Paul Gaultier's outlandish costumes and Digital Domain's special effects, Besson's futuristic fable is flawed by a messy narrative which strains to incorporate far too many grotesque and eccentric characters. Leeloo's sorrowing horror at humanity's propensity for violence and war is a bit rich in a movie that delights in, and depends for effect on, firepower, explosions and loudly destructive mayhem.

By: GA


Release details

126 mins

Cast and crew

Luc Besson
Luc Bresson, Robert Mark Kamen
Bruce Willis
Gary Oldman
Milla Jovovich
Ian Holm
Chris Tucker
Luke Perry
John Neville
Mathieu Kassovitz
Julie T Wallace
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