France, 1997, 126 min, 35mm, Dir. Luc Besson, Rated PG-13, Sony Pictures Releasing, English with Spanish Subtitles
"There’s no doubt about it, when it comes to saving the world, Bruce Willis is your man. He does it with smarts and style, humor and courage." – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Good and evil fight it out in the 23rd century in Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller, The Fifth Element. A fiery ball of destruction is headed for Earth and it’s up to cabbie and former special forces agent Bruce Willis to save the world with the assistance of “perfect being” Milla Jovovich. It’s a high-octane thrill ride that Besson conceived of when he was sixteen years old and added to over the years. It wasn’t until 1997 that the film was released, bringing the world an epic tale of science fiction extravaganza. The supporting cast is just as stellar, with Gary Oldman playing the evil intergalactic CEO with a funny get-up, Ian Holm as the priest trying to one-up Willis, and Chris Tucker (who some say steals the show) as the flamboyant disc jockey Ruby Rhod. It’s a goofy movie but as Roger Ebert says, it’s one of the greats.
This rare 35mm print is presented courtesy of the Steven Krams Collection and includes Spanish subtitles.
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