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The fifth element

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Movie propaganda

There is no future without it.

Every 5000 years a door opens between the dimensions. In one lies the universe and all of its varied life forms. In another exists an element made not of earth, air, fire or water, but of anti-energy, anti-life. This thing, this darkness, waits patiently at the threshold of the universe for an opportunity to extinguish all life and all light.

Every 5000 years the universe needs a hero, and in New York city of the 23rd century, a good hero is hard to find.

Selected to open Cannes 1997. From the director of The professional, The big blue and Subway.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film action science fiction fantasy alien human hero romance multipass spaceship taxi driver

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Theatrical report

Yeehar!!! Like you wouldn't believe!!! Bladerunner meets 12 monkeys meets Priscilla, Queen of the desert meets Romeo The fifth element Juliet meets Die hard meets Indiana Jones meets the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. What a trip. Make sure you see it on the big screen, then get it out on video later on so you can reminisce.

The fifth element is so richly textured that it's like swimming through an ice cream sundae. There is nothing missing from its 127 minutes, and nothing that shouldn't be there. The dialogue zings, the effects are seamless, the performances spot on. Even more than that, it's funny! Wild, wacky and zany without once being overcome by American humour (in as much as any such thing exists).

Bruce Willis as Korben Dallas, ex-space marine cum New York taxi driver, plays Bruce better than in any of his other films: he's subtle, warm and doesn't once resort to that squinty-eyed cat's bum look. When Milla Jovovich, as reconstituted space alien with the worst bad hair day in three star systems Leeloo, drops in on Bruce, fate chooses him to lose four driver's licence points but save the universe. With a little help from Ian Holm (Alien) as Father Cornelius, the government, the military, the mondoshawan (funkiest aliens in a long time) and a little hindrance from Gary Oldman as mega-businessman, nasty capitalist and permanent bad hair day guy Zorg, the mercenary mangalores and not to mention pan-universal evil incarnate. And his own mother (what is she like!?!)

If you have seen the trailer (and you must've by now) then you know what you're gonna get. You do and more, including Hollywood's biggest indoor explosion. Watch out for Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod (spot the double entendre), radio personality from Hell. Like a gay galah on speed.

Media intelligence (Blu-ray and DVD)

  • Languages: English
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Making of
    • Trailers: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence, sexual references, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

126 minutes (2:06 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 15 May 1997
Disc: 18 August 2010

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