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The Fifth Element (1997)

Director:
Luc Besson
AKA
Le Cinquiéme élément
COUNTRY
France
Genre
Sci-Fi/Action/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Det femte element
RUNNING TIME
127 minutes
Producer:
Patrice Ledoux
Screenwriters:
Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Korben Dallas Bruce Willis ½
Jean-Babtiste Emmanuel Zorg Gary Oldman ½
Leeloo Milla Jovovich ½
Victor Cornelius Ian Holm ½
DJ Ruby Rhod Chris Tucker ½
Billy Luke Perry ½
General Munro Brion James ½
President Lindberg Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr. ½

 

Handling/Kritikk

Luc Besson's follow-up to his 1994 masterpiece Léon is as camp as a British crossdresser and features one of the least convincing of Gary Oldman's more or less overacted 1990s maniacs, but still manages to turn out as an enjoyably bizzare film experience, largely thanks to striking and often creative visuals, a free-spirited tone, and delightful avant-garde music by Eric Serra. Besson purportedly wrote the script while in his teens, which helps explain the larger-than-life, starwarsish characters and factions populating this dystopic power struggle, but the 38-year-old director also manages to create some moments of true inspiration, such as the brilliant opera house scene, or the creation of the Leeloo character (played with outlandish innovation by Milla Jovovich), whose magical appearance out of an incubator is just about as touching and incredible as those little people who usually appear before us in incubators. It's Jovovich and the wonderfully over-the-top Chris Tucker who steal the show together with Besson's imagination in this halfway cult classic.

Re-reviewed: Copyright © 5.9.2015 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright © 5.10.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang