Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. France, 1997. Gaumont. Story by Luc Besson, Screenplay by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen. Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast. Produced by Patrice Ledoux. Music by Eric Serra. Production Design by Dan Weil. Costume Design by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Film Editing by Sylvie Landra. Academy Awards 1997. Cannes Film Festival 1997.
Highly imaginative and colourful science-fiction film has an unnecessarily complicated plot but a lively visual style. Bruce Willis is a futuristic-metropolis cab driver living in a minuscule condo unit who thinks he has no future until one day a beautiful stranger (Milla Jovovich) literally crash lands into his flying taxicab. Little does he know that she is the Fifth Element, an intensely perfect being that is being counted on to save the planet from a great evil that threatens to take over unless she stops it. French director Luc Besson thought up the original idea for the film in his school days, working on the script throughout the years until he finally got the opportunity to direct his dream project. The visual effects are stunning, the costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier gorgeous, and Jovovich’s performance has a grace and soul she’s never before showed on screen. The scene with Maiwenn as an alien diva who sings a selection from Lucia de Lammermoor, backed by a giant visual of the earth and stars, is outstanding.