The Fifth Element: Ultimate Edition

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Brion James, Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr., Tricky, Luke Perry
Written By: Luc Besson
Directed By: Luc Besson
Studio: Columbia Tristar
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The Fifth Element is the type of movie where you’ll watch it once, but then watch it every time it’s on TV. The film is cool and fun, but lacks a few things.

If you never saw the Fifth Element before, it’s about New York City cab driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) meeting up with an anomaly, who’s the fifth element to saving the universe. She looks young, hot, and speaks in a strange language. People know that she showed up and are looking for her. There’s an old priest, Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) who knows what the girl can do and she just happens to arrive at his doorstep. There’s the villainous Zorg (Gary Oldman) who wants the girl for his greedy reasons and will stop at nothing to get her. There’s also ugly alien mercenaries that have a falling out with Zorg and want her for the same reasons Zorg does. Korben Dallas decides to help the girl because he has feelings for her. Eventually, he helps the Priest as well and together they save the universe from extinction.

I’ve seen most of The Fifth Element, but in parts. I never saw the film from start to finish. I usually ended up seeing the film from the second half on, when it was on TV a lot. Fifth Element is kind of cheesy, but fun at the same time. The set designs are awesome, there’s comedic moments, silly dialogue and an out of place film score. Plus an added bonus is Milla Jovovich naked, but what movie ISN’T she naked in haha. The story tends to have too much going on and some characters that shouldn’t even be in the movie. Such as the character of DJ Ruby Rhod, played by overacted and extremely annoying Chris Tucker. He’s truly the worst part of the movie because his character doesn’t need to be there, and was just added in for humor. But even the humor falls flat and makes me cringe for some of the scenes he’s in. Another problem I had with the film was the score & music. It made the movie even more cheesier than it already was, and it was just out of place. Like Korben getting chased by the cops in the cab with Leeloo, the music didn’t fit the scene at all. But with all the negatives I have with the movie, it’s still a fun flick to watch. The action is cool, the performances of Gary Oldman and Milla are interesting, and Bruce Willis sticks with the winning formula of playing the same character he usually plays.

There’s over 2 hours of extras on this Ultimate Edition and I watched some of them. Still have a lot of things to check out but I watched the featurettes on the artwork of the movie, the digital designs, alien makeup and design, and the Diva. The featurettes have an annoying lame voice over guy explaining everything like you’re a five year old. I wish they did the extras a different way than using that tool. But there’s a lot of intriguing things in the extras. I liked the featurette on the alien designs and showing the people sitting inside the suits. It seemed like hell for them, and the designers who had to put them in the suits. The featurette on the stars was good because it had newer interviews with the cast members: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker. There’s plenty to watch if you like the movie.

This is definitely worth owning if you don’t have the movie on DVD already. Plus the movie was remastered in Hi-Def and looks great on my TV. The film has it’s moments and is fun to watch, but the Fifth Element isn’t exactly perfect either.

Over 120 minutes of new behind-the-scenes featurettes: The Alien Element, the Digital Element, The Visual Element, The Star Element, The Fashion Element, The Diva
Plus: Feature Length Trivia Fact Track Camera, Costume and Set Tests And More!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: Gary Oldman was great and his scenes with those aliens were funny, the ending in the desert was exciting and the action was fun.
Rating: Not Rated
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