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Comments

April 27, 2006

Case said:

Very good review. I’d (naturally) probably rate this a tad lower than you (don’t look so shocked), but I agree with nearly everything you say…spot on. This is just a visual tour-DE-force, cinematic eye candy of the highest order. I only wish there hadn’t been such an emphasis on comedy and goofy, annoying characters (Ruby, I’m looking at you)…even though that’s what many critics praised it for and cited as the quality that differentiates it from other films of this ilk. I agree, too, that it’s just on the fringe of being cyberpunk, although it definitely has some solid CP moments (the Leeloo fight during the opera singer’s performance, for instance, really leaps out at me). Good movie, though, sadly, not great…though it has great moments. A very, very, VERY near miss, to me…yet I can’t look away when it’s on.

SFAM said:

Hi Case, I really was debating putting this at 7 stars. Had I had half-stars (something I want eventually), I’d put this at 7.5. But I just had to go to 8 stars due to my sheer enjoyment of it. I can watch Fifth Element 5 times in a row and still love it. This, to me, adds a star, but I certainly understand people rating it less.

ETM said:

Oh, come on… I can’t believe that every time someone comments on Fifth Element, we can’t escape the Ruby bashing… I thought his performance was awesome, and the part well written. Tucker is DAMN annoying, and he is supposed to be just the way he is (I can’t believe how many people pin this on the actor). I dunno, I guess it comes with being European - I just don’t see anything wrong with anything related to that character, because, to me, he blends perfectly into the world the movie depicts.

And don’t you dare bump it down to 7, SFAM! ;)

I agree with your sentiments in this review completely. Cyberpunk is often guilty of taking itself too seriously and whilst the Fifth Element is about as comical as you can get it is a seriously guilty pleasure.

April 28, 2006

ETM said:

I don’t see what is there to feel guilty about, honestly. You supposedly feel guilty for liking something you’re not supposed to, something that is bad but you enjoy, or for liking something for the wrong reasons… none of that with Fifth Element. :D

SFAM said:

As I mention above, I also think Tucker is terrific in this. He really is supposed to be insanely annoying. The character who took me the most to like was the President. The first 5 or 10 times I watched this, I really didn’t like him that much. Now I’m sufficiently brainwashed. :)

Case said:

ETM - you say stop the Ruby-bashing and then you say “Tucker is DAMN annoying.” You go on to say, “I can’t believe how many people pin this on the actor.” Again, didn’t you just say he was “DAMN annoying”? Make up your mind and then we’ll talk. I stand by my statements…and a 7.5 would be perfect.

ETM said:

Case, as SFAM has already said - Ruby is supposed to be damn annoying, and Tucker does the job so well. I don’t know what I’m supposed to make my mind up about?

Case said:

It’s still a stupid and pointless character. Take him out (or, at least, limit his scenes) and it’d improve the film greatly.

ETM said:

That is a matter of personal taste, really. I can’t imagine the movie without him.

April 30, 2006

Case said:

I guess there really is no accounting for taste…or lack thereof.

May 1, 2006

ETM said:

How about when lack of taste is one of the major points in the movie?

May 4, 2006

spikethebloody said:

Needs to be 8 stars! WTF?

amberlita said:

umm…it is 8 stars Spike.

anyway, i think that’s a fair rank and a fair review. it’s a guilty pleasure. not perfect, but just fantastically a good time. i never thought about it being cyberpunk though. interesting.

May 5, 2006

spikethebloody said:

I say 10 stars. I mean the chick from Resident Evil says “Multi Pass” in an amusing manner.

December 24, 2006

lexein said:

After enjoying this movie many times, I’m _still_ struck/moved/delighted by Milla Jovovich’s singing “A little light of love” over the end credits.

January 16, 2007

SFAM said:

Oh wow Lexein, I didn’t know that Jovovich sang that! I’m going to have to go back and listen!

l1zrdking said:

I’ve always loved this flick. Every time I catch it on TBS I watch it. Its funny and full of action like most other Bruce Willis flicks, but all the sci fi and tech stuff makes it a nice change from his usual. And, Ruby Rod makes me laugh every time.

January 19, 2007

SCHEMMEL R Ctin Mc CLAUD said:

THE 5 th ELEMENT IS PERFECT. THE SUBIECT PAR ECCELENT.
I AM THE Q UNIVERS ELEMENT FOREWER AND NEWER DEAD MY NAME ALS PSEUDO Q MASTER UNIVERS TIME TRAWEL OF CONTINUM.
THE MAGIC OF REAL OR MAGIC OF CONTINUM,
I AM THE LAST GENERATION OF CONTINUM AND THE FIRST ALPHA CONTINUM THE SIMBION HIBRID FROM GENESIS VULCANIA ..
VERITAS ET INVINCIBILE IN ETERNITY FOREWER AND NEWER DEAD IN ALL CONTINUM IN HEWEN,
THE MASTER JAG LIGHT

January 20, 2007

MOI said:

Zorg is the coolest, funniest bad guy ever. Every time I think of that movie I think of him.

March 29, 2007

David said:

I liked the movie. It’s aimed at the mentality of a 13-17 age audience. It can be incredibly sexy and warm at times, then giggly funny, and at others plain serious. I always think if a film aims to be totally serious throughout, then it ends up looking funny, or it’s so drole you wanna chuck.

I admire how Besson is able to keep his french humor like a signature from film to film, that can be seen in Leon and others.

Milla Jovovich is really hot in this movie, but comes across as cheese on legs in the Resident Evil movies.

The society which we see in the film takes a good stab at imagining how screwed up life would be like in the 21st century. Slowly but surely we’re getting there… I hate to imagine the world in 25 years time.

March 30, 2007

SFAM said:

Hi David, I’m guessin we’ll still have cars on the regular road in 25 years’ time. Who knows about 50 years though.

April 3, 2007

James NIGDEF said:

This is a pretty fun movie. Besson is the only french director who can work with a big budget, and it shows. The visuals by legendary comic artist Moebius are breathtaking, Jovovitch is hot, and even though the film is a bit ridiculous at times it is very entertaining.

May 26, 2007

Anonymous said:

the best film ever! i like it

May 28, 2007

randomrob said:

A great paean to Moebius/ ‘Heavy Metal’ art… I still got one hangup- Zorg getting killed by the bomb. At the beginning of the film they foreshadow if “Evil’ stands in the temple during the showdown, it’s all over. I kept wanting Zorg to show up at the end and really up the ante on the plot tension. That’d be a bloodbath ending though, wouldn’t it (which I guess they were trying to avoid)?

June 5, 2007

iman said:

wawwwwww !! cOol movie i like it verryyy muchhhhhhhhhh

Klaw said:

Yep this movie is much closer to Moebius’ “The Long Tomorrow” than Blade Runner ever was, despite the comic spin on the film. Gary Oldman can do no wrong… just wish he was playing a bad guy in the new Batmans though.

June 6, 2007

ellipsisigh said:

I heard that there is a post-modern slant to this film. The Fifth Element has many references to other films…such as Bruce Willis’ Die Hard films, 2001, Indiana Jones…and others…Can anyone refer me to a list of all the film references?

Thanks,
ellipsisigh, multi pass…

randomrob said:

the ultimate evil isn’t too far removed from Sauron, come to think of it… Luc Besson allegedly wrote the story outline when he was in his teens, so I’m sure there’s as many culture references in it as in anything else.

June 29, 2007

Piotr said:

This movie is great.
GREAT!!! GREAT!!! GREAT!!! GREAT!!! GREAT!!! GREAT!!!
GREAT!!! GREAT!!! GREAT!!! GREAT!!! GREAT!!! GREAT!!!

IHave nothing to add. :)

November 10, 2007

Andrew Drazdik Jr said:

Not many people know creativity or are inspired by the creative minds of innocence. Like the purity of natural materials such as Aluminum, but with the creativity of inspiration and passion. Alcoa has a monument to this encased in glass surrounded by a narrow ledge for the weekender who wants to enjoy their secret garden. It reminds me of the opening screen shot in a futuristic world.

November 25, 2007

simona lake said:

I just watched it round my dad,s house it was vere good.

January 19, 2008

Anonymous said:

iiiii love 5th element

mostafa said:

5th element game is the best

March 25, 2008

Napuja said:

There’s no mention of Ian Holms’ performance in this whole thing! I agree with the entire review regarding the performances of the main characters (Rock on Ruby! Rock on!), except for the omission of Ian Holms’ stellar take on Fr. Vito Cornelius.

Quirky, wise, and almost reluctant in his sense of purpose to the task at hand, Cornelius’ part could only have been played well by a handful of veteran actors, and Ian Holms knocked it out of the park!

May 2, 2008

Daleene Olivieri said:

OMG nice pic ov da BLUE LADY nice hair Milla Jovovich

June 25, 2008

jimmy said:

this was the best movies in the world i LLved it (noooooooooooooot)lol(L)

July 15, 2008

directed by BRAIN DE PALMA said:

starring by
HONOR BLACKMAN
KENNETH WILLIAMS
NED BEATTY
DICK VAN DYKE
CHRISTOPHER REEVE
BEAU STARR
JACK ALBERTSON
JULIAN GLOVER
edited by PAUL HIRSCH
director of photography TONY BERNSTEIN bsc
designed by GARY WESIT
1971

July 16, 2008

Android_Boy said:

Love this one!

February 19, 2009

Simon said:

I must have watched this film more than fifty times since its coming to DVD. I heard some rumor of a squeal coming out but that looks like it just stayed as a myth. One of my all time favorites.

March 5, 2009

Anonymous said:

“But its the city-scapes, reminiscent of Lang’s Metropolis that are especially memorable. They flat out nail a far out vision of the future. Additionally, we have airports with 30 foot tall trash heaps due to a garbage worker strike, fully automated, ultra-processed McDonalds, deaf rock stars”

I just love that.

March 16, 2009

LMXV said:

“Additionally, we have airports with 30 foot tall trash heaps due to a garbage worker strike, fully automated, ultra-processed McDonald’s, deaf rock stars”

It’s those little details that keep the movie interesting.

April 29, 2009

Mr. Sparkle said:

Thumbs up for camp, but eight stars? Eh, I dunno.

It is a pleasure to watch , and it does have the most outrageous black man in the universe.

But cyberpunk? No way! This is pure space opera.

May 10, 2009

jmm1233 said:

The only Cyberpunk moment in this film is the diva dance the rest is Sci-comedy

May 16, 2009

sri78 said:

I really love this movie. I’ve watch it maybe more than 20 times. I really bought it 4 years ago. Really it a lot of fun.

August 5, 2009

Laserbeak said:

Easily the best movie ever made. I first saw it when I was like 7 years old… And still love it today no matter how many times I see it. Ah, there’s so much to say..

September 13, 2009

chlordane said:

I have seen this countless times, its awesome.

January 30, 2011

van0014 said:

This movie is awesome! I remember when i was little, probably about 8 or something, i remembered part of a movie with flying cars and someone falling into a taxi. I always wondered what movie it was, or if it was a dream. Then i watched this movie with my dad and after the escape at the start, i recognised it immediately!

The movies special effects are ahead of their time, i mean, how real do the flying cars look? and the scene where leeloo was created, they are very good effects for 1997.

June 6, 2012

';'k said:

i like the review

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