I am not going to try and tell you
that The Fifth Element is not a
deeply silly movie. Nor would I
say that it was anything more
than style rather than substance.
However, I will go on record as
saying that there are a lot of people
out there like myself who are rather
fond of this goofy sci-fi. These people
will be looking forward to finding out
just what this new two-disc Special
Edition DVD has to offer.
The year is 2257 and a planet-sized
ball of evil is hurtling towards Earth
and threatening to exterminate every
living organism in its path. Caught up
in the struggle to save the world are a
former marine who now works as a
cab driver (Bruce Willis), a mysterious
child-like woman (Milla Jovovich) who
claims to 'the Fifth Element', a slightly
demented priest (Ian Holm) whose job
it is to protect the Fifth Element, and a
psycho (Gary Oldman) who seems to
enjoy wearing half a plastic pudding
bowl on his head.
Writer/director Luc Besson claims
to have written The Fifth Element as
a child, which you would be hard
pushed to refute. The dialogue is
risible, the characters are sketched in
broad strokes and the story is little
more than a collection of half-baked
ideas that barely gel together. And yet,
the film remains curiously enjoyable.
What he might lack in writing skills,
Besson more than makes up for with
directorial flair, making every shot an
eye-wateringly gorgeous work of art.
Not the best sci-fi epic by anybody's
reasoning, but far more entertaining
than those Star Wars prequels.
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