Watch Luc Besson’s 1997 Space Opera on the BIG screen! The Fifth Element is a fantastic piece of pop sci-fi set in a futuristic neon metropolis where the survival of humanity is at stake.
In the 23rd century, a New York City cabbie, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the world in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to combine with the other four to keep the approaching Great Evil from destroying the world. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and zany broadcaster Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity.
Roger Ebert – “Besson gives us one great visual conceit after another. A concert, for example, starring a towering alien diva whose skin shines with a ghostly blue light, and who has weird ropes of sinew coming out of her skull. And a space station that seems to be a sort of intergalactic Las Vegas, in which a disc jockey (Chris Tucker) prances about hosting an endless TV show. And spaceship interiors that succeed in breaking the “Star Wars”/”Trek” mold and imagining how an alien race might design its command deck.” (full review here)
The Washington Post – “A spectacular triumph of style over substance, “The Fifth Element” makes about as much sense as bras on the moon. But it’s also really very sweet, and Besson honestly seems to believe the movie’s message: Love conquers all.” (full review here)