Movie Monday Presents: The Fifth Element

She is perfect… *sight*

It is the year 1914 and an archaeologist is working on the pyramids of Egypt, he is about to make a great discover; There is a great evil that attacks every 5000 years, and when it attacks the elements go and fight it… and those elements are fire, earth, air and water plus a fifth element… that in some way must be close to that place.

When he is about to find the whole truth some metallic-penguin alike aliens called Mondoshawans appear and take the elements with them including the fifth element which is contained in a sarcophagus, with the promise to return when the evil strikes back, so the knowledge of that event must be transferred (with a key) to all the future priests of the order.


Three centuries later, on 2263, the great evil appears on the sky threatening the continues existence of the earth. The priest that was in orders, Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm), warned the president about the prophecy so they allowed the Mondoshawans return to the earth. But when were about to enter the Mangalores attacked them causing a shipwreck… and the lost of hope.

Fortunately the science has gone so far that they were able to reconstruct the only survivor of the accident… a hand. That hand had a complex molecular structure, superior capabilities and in other words… she was perfect. So they grew the rest of the body from the hand and… ta-da! they met Leeloo Minai Lekarariba-Laminai-Tchai Ekbat De Sebat, also known as Leeloo (Milla Jovovich).

Leeloo Minai Lekarariba-Laminai-Tchai Ekbat De Sebat.

Leeloo escaped the medical facilities in which she was and in her way out she fell on the flying taxicab of Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), an ex-military and major in especial forces that was struggling to survive in his, now linear, and boring life. Unable to communicate on English, Leeloo does her best and ask for help, and Korben agrees… knowing that that would make the end of his cab. Before fainting, Leeloo tells (in her way) that she must met Vito Cornelius.

While this happen, the Great evil contacts Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, a corrupt mercenary, to get the stones of the elements. Do you remember the Mangalores (the ones that attacked the Mondoshawans’s ship)? Good. They were hired by Zorg to to that job and get the stones of the ship contained in a suitcase. The bad news is that the stones weren’t in the suitcase the the Mangalores weren’t that bright to figure it out.

While Leeloo recovers from all, she communicates with Vito and tells him that she knows where the stones are. Parallel to that Korben is recruited by general Munro (Brion James) for a mission: recover the stones which are in possession of Plavalaguna. For that they make a fake contest in which Korben turns out to be the winner.

The contest made a great repercussion on the media and everybody tries to take advantage of this. Leeloo, which went looking for him, went to his apartment but his protector Vito took advantage and knocked Korben stealing his winner tickets.

When the discipule of Vito and Leelo were about to travel, Korben arrived, and went after the stones. But with the help of Leeloo. Notice that by this moment, he wasn’t aware that she was a superior form of life. In other words… that she is perfect. But the danger is close because Zorg and the Magnalores are heading to the same place… and they will have no mercy.

In my opinion, this is one of the best movies of the gender (Sci-Fi) because it has what it needs; a fun plot, great and iconic actors, nice scenarios, decent costumes and classic scenes, for example, the way Leeloo dresses is a MUST in every ComiCon.

To be fair, the SFX are not that great but that is compensated with a very entertaining story that makes and enjoyable time, to summarize it: Science Fiction at it’s finest.

Oh! and if you haven’t seen this movie you should! It is an instant classic and a great recommendation. And we know you wanna know if they make it on time to save the planet against the great evil!

Final Score:

4.5 out of 5.


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