In The Fifth Element, a passenger “drops in” on a cab driver, embroiling him in a centuries-long plot to save the Earth from a mysterious destructive force. The two of them set out, avoiding enemies (for the most part) and meeting strange allies (both alien and human) along the way.
I have a soft spot for this movie. Not because I particularly like Korben, Bruce Willis’ character, or Leelo, played by Milla Jovovich. The two leads, for all of Leelo’s innocent charm and Bruce Willis’ rough Bruce Willis…ness… have nothing on Ruby Rhod. For all he screams three octaves above an audible, human range, Chris Tucker’s character stays likable, and steals every scene he’s in.
Overall, The Fifth Element is eclectic and bold, like a colorful comic book version of Total Recall. The costumes, hairstyles, makeup, sets, props, and lighting all perfectly characterize the barely contained (and sometimes ill-confined) mania of the movie’s world; and while the plot and characters are fun if a bit predictable, the story moves along at a jaunt and keeps you entertained, if only because you wonder what kind of weird sci-fi nonsense you’re going to encounter in the next scene.
Perhaps you will be able to appreciate Leelo and Korben’s interactions more than I did if/when you see the movie. The friend who introduced me to it adored Leelo; but, then she also found Ruby Rhod’s comically high pitched shrieking annoying, which I did not. To each their own, of course; but, this comedy/action/sci fi flick is sure to have something enjoyable for just about everyone if they give it a gander.
Available to stream on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada. Elsewhere, it is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. (Photo here on a Multipass from http://strayhair.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Fifth-Element_Chris_Tucker_awesome_hairstyle_3.jpg)