The Fifth Element (1997): Dir: Luc Besson / Cast: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Ian Holm: A cross between Blade Runner and Back to the Future with explosive special effects and a title that has no significant meaning. The plot is set in the distant future with a fire ball heads toward Earth and the only counter is four stones. After an alien spacecraft is destroyed by mutants, scientists are able to bring life to an alien through the cells of a dead one. She looks human and doesn't speak English. She makes an escape and will be aided by a cab driver. Detailed setup with too many gunfights. Director Luc Besson gives the film a lot of spirit. He previously made La Femme Nikita and The Professional. Bruce Willis embodies the futuristic cab driver like a kid playing a video game but he is thrown into the middle of chaos before the ultra violent climax. Gary Oldman is hilarious as the villain who practically foils himself. Milla Jovovich is appealing as an alien being but her destination is somewhat confusing. Chris Tucker plays a futuristic nightclub star who is there mainly for comic relief. Ian Holm has an amusing role as a priest who ends up locked in the wrong place at the wrong time. While these performances are amusing, the climax is overlong in terms of its action and violence. Utterly pointless charade of bullets within its futuristic creative visions. Score: 6 / 10
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