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The Fifth Element (1997)

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By: Staff Writer Nathaniel Brayton

Rated: PG-13

2 hrs 6 mins

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Let me start this review by apologizing to you for just watching The Fifth Element for the first time yesterday. I don’t know how I have gotten through life to be honest with you. Through a critical eye, this movie may not have the best acting but it has something that  more modern movies do not; style.

The story is fairly simple if you break it down. There are good forces, in the form of giant rotund aliens, and there are evil forces including: Gary Oldman as Zorg, a group of incompetent alien smugglers, and the evil ‘force’ they both obey. To get rid of the dark forces when they come, four stones and the fifth element must be opened, destroying the darkness.

Bruce Willis, plays Korben Dallas, who is some type of ex-military personal but now drives a flying taxi with a less than stellar driving record. He sort of does whatever he wants. Without spoiling anything (I think I was the last person out there who hasn’t seen this though), an escapee falls into his taxi and Dallas has to make the decision whether or not to save her or turn her in. Well, the choice is pretty obvious for Dallas, especially when she batts her eye lashes and is practically naked.

Like I said earlier, there are some average performances, the President especially, but the movie makes up for all its faults in creativity. The world they live in is so unique, that when I was watching, I couldn’t wait to see what was in the next scene. The attention to detail was so great and the taxi cab in itself was a piece of art.  What I like most about the movie is, when it could use practical effects, it did. I think CGI is a great tool but probably no one has mastered it like The Fifth Element. It lives by the motto, less is more. As I was watching this with my roommate, he made a good point that practical effects immerse the audience deep into the story, and he is definitely right.

Another thing I enjoyed was how different each character was. There are some movies which just take stock actors and put them into stereotypical roles. However, even the supporting characters in The Fifth Element had interesting personalities. Just the amount of thought that had to be put in every detail of this movie was enormous and must have taking so much time. It deserves some respect because with a budget of what films these days consider small, it provided the audience with some of the best looking visuals ever. The Fifth Element reminded me a lot of the Alien set pieces and the grander they had.

The Chris Tucker character was great, even if he got a little annoying. When he came on-screen, it was the point that singled to the audience that they weren’t talking themselves too seriously, so we should just sit back and enjoy the ride. Mila Jovovich was outstanding and did a great job being strong next to Willis. For the majority of the movie she doesn’t speak English, so she has to rely on her emotions to convey messages and she did an outstanding job of that.

If you can’t tell, I really enjoyed this film. Maybe it’s the fact that this is my first time seeing it. Or maybe it’s the fact that not many other movies have this much creativity but I’ll definitely give this a . . .

9.5 out of 10

“Oh, please. That doesn’t even sound like him! The President’s an idiot, you don’t sound like an idiot.”

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