Monday, July 19, 2010

Movie of the Week - The Fifth Element

This week’s movie is The Fifth Element (1997).

The sci-fi film is about a retired policeman, now driving a cab, who gets mixed up with a girl. Only, this girl is different and may be the salvation for humanity as an evil force approaches Earth. Now the he must help her save humanity. The film is directed by Luc Besson, amidst his string of quality adult action films before focusing on terrible films aimed at children (please come back to directing good films Luc, please). Starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, the film also features a great supporting cast with Gary Oldman, whose turn as the villainous business mogul Zorg is brilliant and one of the best and outlandish performances of the decade, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Tiny Lister Jr., Luke Perry, and Brion James. The crew is also fantastic with music by Eric Serra, cinematography by Thierry Arbogast and production design by Dan Weil. All three collaborated with Besson on his best works. What makes the film great is that it is a very fun film, mixing sci-fi, adventure, action, and comedy seamlessly. Oldman’s show stealing performance is also a must for fans of his work (like me). Besson gives fans a little bit of everything with this film on a large scale making it very enjoyable. It is a must for sci-fi action fans. Check out the trailer.

The Fifth Element [Blu-ray/DVD]

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