From Egyptian Pyramids to deepest, darkest space; from a weedy, frightened-of-his-own-shadow character to hunky, suave hero; from a woman so masculine she makes Bruce Willis look like a little girl, to one of the most beautiful women in the world - The Fifth Element just about has it all! Add a plot that links together with finesse and clarity, and some of the most visually stunning artistic scenery ever seen and it is clear to see why DVD aficionados love this movie.
The story is a simple one - life, as we know it, teeters on the edge of extinction, and only the Supreme Being can save us. But Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) has his own agenda as far as this Supreme Being (Mila Jovovich) is concerned - evil begets evil, as they say - and it isn't long before Leeloo's role in the fight for life's balance becomes paramount. Enter Major Korben Dallas, who like any true hero just happens to be in the right place at the right time, and the fight for humankind's survival begins.
With a superb cast, including Ian Holm, Chris Tucker and Luke Perry, and cinematography to die for, The Fifth Element is one of those rare movies that really does have it all - the looks, the style and the story. The fact that the movie dates from 1997 vintage is a testament to its power and flair - just imagine what could be achieved it were remade today!
One thing that bugs me about this new Ultimate Superbit release is the cover. Gone is the now familiar silver slipcase, replaced with a snazzy, colourful one. But what's with the Mila Jovovich image? Bruce, Gary, Ian, Chris and Maïwenn Le Besco all look very lifelike. Why then does Mila looks so... different? Flip the cover over and this strangeness continues, with a wind swept Mila looking a little odd, for want of a better word. Renowned for her beauty, quite why she should be depicted in this manner is a mystery to me!
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