The Fifth Element (1997) – Encore Review

“What’s the use in saving life when you see what you do with it?” – Leeloo

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (In Theater in 1997, video, dvd, 18 Feb 2002, 18 Oct 2013 and 1 Sep 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A former soldier is tasks with safeguarding the key to peace and harmony in the Universe.

My Take on it – Such a fun sci-fi action film that works so well largely due to the amazing world that Luc Besson creates in order for these characters to inhabit.

The story is quite profound and works on so many different levels about how things work in the world and how they probably should work.

Bruce Willis is perfectly cast in the lead role and manages to get the tone and personality of this anti-hero so right.

The story goes into some very philosophical and complex places yet still finds a way to keep things substantial instead of feeling superficial.

The special effects are amazing and the innovative ways that the various aliens are depicted is so ‘out of the box’ and still works so well.

Chris Tucker has a minor part, but is able to enhance things by the way his character acts and easily steals every single scene he appears in.

Love how they take various plot threads and find ways to intertwine them as things progress.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Luc Besson wrote the original screenplay when he was in high school. He had conceived the story of this movie, and invented the world of the movie, as a child so he could escape his lonely childhood. He began writing the script when he was sixteen, though it was not released in theaters until he was thirty-eight. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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