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Movie Review: The Fifth Element

Rating: It's a keeper!!


This movie will be on a lot of my lists. I have it as my top sci-fi/action movie and I also talk about it for use as a great demo movie for you home theater. So I thought I would make it one of my first reviews.

Rating: It's a keeper!!


This movie will be on a lot of my lists. I have it as my top sci-fi/action movie and I also talk about it for use as a great demo movie for you home theater. So I thought I would make it one of my first reviews.

I don't even know if I can properly summarize the plot, but it has: good aliens, evil aliens, SEXY aliens, end of the world, last hope, humor, explosions, great creatures.. Just get this one and watch and see for yourself.

One of the reasons this is a great movie for your collection is it has a little bit of everything. It is a great sci-fi movie with great performances by Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker. I felt the oscars snubbed this movie by not recognizing it for best costumes. Chris Tucker's's outfits by themselves are more entertaining to me than all the European period pieces that the academy loves to recognize for costumes.

But another reason to include this in your library is that there is still a pretty good chance that your movie guests haven't seen it or if they did they didn't see it on the big screen. This movie had a budget of over $90M but only grossed $60M in the U.S. So technically it was a flop at the box office but as is so often the case these days it has had a great after theater life. It can be found on cable on a regular basis. But unless you see it in HD try not to overdo watching it on free cable. The is a great DVD and deserves to be watched uninterrupted.

One of the things that makes this movie so unique is that it seems to have all the trappings of a big hollywood production but you can tell there is something different. It was directed by Luc Besson. A French director who brings a perspective to it that you don't find in big budget Hollywood movies. The other French element here is Milla Jovovich. She doesn't have a lot of speaking lines but she still is a riveting focal point of the movie.

The opera singer scene is my favorite demo scene. Great colors, great sound and then it shifts gear and you have great action. If your guests don't know this movie be prepared to sit through the rest of it when you demo this scene. That is the mark of a great demo. When the response isn't "WOW" it is "SHHHH" and the rest of the movie plays.

So of you don't have this one get it. Better yet pre-order the Blu-Ray version coming out soon. It is the definition of a keeper, good story, great on the big screen and plenty of quirky details that make each viewing a treat. No Home Theater DVD collection is complete without it.

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