Rewind: The Fifth Element

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Rewind: The Fifth Element
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1997 / 2h 6m / PG-13 / Sci-Fi, Action

Last time on REWIND we showed Bloodsport, the best ever video game movie that’s not based on a video game. Now we’re showing The Fifth Element, the best ever comic book movie not based on a comic book. Which makes sense: director Luc Besson hired some very famous French comics artists to do storyboard and design work. It’s a visually impressive movie, but beyond that, it’s actually trying to be a live-action comic book on film, not just a film that’s telling a comic book’s story.

Normally there would be a plot summary here. But the plot is the least important part of The Fifth Element. Most movies about which that’s true, though, don’t also turn out to be really fantastically fun to watch. I mean yes, there’s a story that drives the action (a living weapon that can save the universe from existential danger is activated in the near future, and has to be protected from evil forces that want to destroy her), but even the movie itself seems not to take it very seriously. Instead it luxuriates in its hilarious and iconic characters (Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman and Chris Tucker all really shine), its frenetic pace, and a perfectly realized design sense. Join us for The Fifth Element, a bubbly and surprisingly heartwarming little tale about love, innocence and a series of incredible fashion choices.
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By: Tampa Theatre

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