The Fifth Element (1997)

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Critic Consensus: Visually inventive and gleefully over the top, Luc Besson's The Fifth Element is a fantastic piece of pop sci-fi that never takes itself too seriously.


Movie Info

Good and evil battle for the future of 23rd century Earth in this visually striking big-budget science fiction epic. In the movie's prologue, which is set in 1914, scientists gather in Egypt at the site of an event that transpired centuries earlier. Aliens, it seemed, arrived to collect four stones representing the four basic elements (earth, air, fire and water) - warning their human contacts that the objects were no longer safe on Earth. A few hundred years later (in the 23rd century), a huge … More

Rating: PG-13 (For intense sci-fi violence, some sexuality and brief nudity.)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 1997
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast


as Korben Dallas

as Cornelius

as Ruby Rhod

as Billy

as Gen. Munro

as President Lindberg

as Right Arm

as Gen. Staedert

as Prof. Pacoli

as Thai

as Neighbour

as Major Iceborg

as General Tudor

as Left Arm

as President's Aide

as Scientist's Aide

as Munro's Captain

as Head Scientist

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as Staedert's Captain

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as VIP Stewardess

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as Stewardess

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as Check-In Attendant

as Warship Captain

as Diva's Manager

as Ruby Rhod Assistant

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as Human Aknot

as Mangalore Aknot/Airp...

as Mangalore Akanit

as Mangalore Kino

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as Tawdry Girl

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as Ground Crew

as Baby Ray

as Emperor Kodar Japhet

as Princess Achen

as Roy Von Bacon

as Fhloston Hostess

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as Hefty Man

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Critic Reviews for The Fifth Element

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (13)

In this movie and many like it, the only elements that count are impact, impact, impact and impact. The fifth element is gibberish.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

A hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Besson's futuristic fable is flawed by a messy narrative which strains to incorporate far too many grotesque and eccentric characters.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Fifth Element has to be the most creative visualization since Tim Burton's first Batman in 1989. On top of that, it's a whole lot of fun.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A jaw-dropping, mind-blowing pop epic that gives you everything from the slam-bang sci-fi fantasy of Star Wars to the inspired slapstick lunacy of The Marx Brothers

Full Review… | July 19, 2014
The Moving Picture Show

Loud, long, and overwhelming...

Full Review… | March 17, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Fifth Element

½

There is something amusing about the way it embraces camp but Besson crosses the line into goofy, ridiculous flamboyance with an insufferable Chris Tucker, an over-the-top Gary Oldman overacting insanely and a really preposterous plot that makes impossible any suspension of disbelief.

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Carlos MagalhŃes

Super Reviewer

½

It's the weirdest, coolest futuristic movie I've ever seen. The story is pretty cool and Gary Oldman is especially cool as the arch-villain. It's rare to find a sci-fi movie like this anymore. Bruce Willis is of course the go-to action king of films.

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Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

Subtlety is most definitely not the order of the day in Luc Besson's high camp space opera, and it's scattershot approach does mean there are a few things about it I don't appreciate. The soundtrack is occasionally horrendous, Jean Paul Gaultier's insistence (as usual) on dressing half the male cast up as the off Broadway chapter of the Erasure fan club, and most of all, Chris Tucker who is so irritating it makes my teeth hurt. What makes the film work is it's sense of humour which permeates the entire proceedings and it's breakneck pace that means it never dwells too long on any particular aspect of the story. There are some great action sequences, cool Gilliam-esque production design, and loads of funny moments, mostly supplied by Gary Oldman who steals every scene he is in as a kind of psychotic southern sci fi version of Terry-Thomas. Silly, tongue in cheek and hugely entertaining.

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xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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