The Fifth Element; directed and co-written by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich.
The Short Version
The Fifth Element is Tomb Raider meets Serenity meets Blade Runner, if those movies were all directed by an acid-dropping, eurotechno-dancing James Franco—which is to say, if they were directed by Luc Besson.
The Plot in a Nutshell
Yeah sure. That can be what it’s about.
The Reason You (and Your Gentleman/Lady Friend) Will Love it
It’s a surprisingly divisive film: critics at the time of its release were dramatically split between adoration and hatred; and it’s featured frequently on both “best of sci-fi” and “worst of sci-fi” lists. While I’m not sure I entirely understand the hate, let’s be clear: if you aren’t a fan of campy science fiction, or the Luc Besson style more generally, then this is not the movie for you. I suspect that readers who delight in Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett will also enjoy this film—although Besson’s style is so unique that it’s difficult to be sure how people will react to it.
One final note—Chris Tucker. He makes this movie for me (again, this is a divisive opinion: some critics apparently thought he ruined it), just like he makes Silver Linings Playbook. Every time I watch either The Fifth Element or Silver Linings, I feel the distinct need to run to Netflix and watch everything Chris Tucker has ever made, because the man. is. a. genius. He swans through The Fifth Element, clad mainly in black velvet and red roses, bringing sparkling delivery and to-die-for hammy acting to every scene he’s in. In short, he’s an absolute delight.
And then I tried to make them.
Friends, just order Chinese.