The Fifth Element
starring Bruce Willis, Mila Jonovich and Gary Oldman
A weird movie directed by French director Luc Besson who is well known for weird movies. Also, The Fifth Element is only Besson’s third film in English. Bruce Willis is one of only a small group of American actors in this film, most of the rest being British.
Two years ago Bruce Willis starred in another weird movie, Twelve Monkeys with Brad Pitt. Although Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth element have no direct connection they make one think that this is a deliberate ploy by Willis to make a name for himself in avant garde films.
Every five thousand years Evil returns t the earth. At that time Evil can only be defeated by the four elements - Fire, Water, Earth, Air - being arranged around a fifth element, a Supreme Being. In this case the supreme being is a beautiful, pastel-red haired girl named Lilu. Of course, there is love in the air between taxi driver Korben Dallas (Willis) and Lilu (Jonovich). Between the two of them they must save the world and foil the human agent of the evil Mr. Shadow, Zorg, played by Englishman Gary Oldman - another actor who frequently plays bizarre roles.
The Fifth Element is clearly not heavy, serious science fiction like Bladerunner(Harrison ford), which was made more than fifteen years ago. It is more comedy (not joke) science fiction. The more I watched it the funnier it seemed, and I did not tire of seeing it again and again.
This is also a good movie if you are into accents, especially British English accents. Because so many British actors fill the cast, including non-Anglo Saxon British, there is a very interesting variety of sounds coming out of the mouths of an interesting variety of modern Britons.
A good movie!