It’s just a phase. It’s just a phase and it will pass and all these C-merchandise action flicks will be a thing of the past: That’s something Bruce Willis fans should say to themselves in view of his latest sci-fi trash tricks. The Hollywood star is now increasingly relying on cheap productions with minimal screen time, but that wasn’t always the case. In The Fifth Element, Bruce Willis is about his best side on TV today a punk, zippy, never boring milestone from a movie.
Sci-Fi Masterpiece The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis: That’s It
The absolute creative madness that was poured into this film by director Luc Besson can be read from the story alone: In New York in 2263 there are flying taxis and one of them controls Korben Dallas (Willis). Suddenly the disturbed, bandaged Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) plops through the roof of his taxi and lets his life derail properly.
Namely, as it turns out, the earth will threatened by an ancient evil in the form of a giant fireball, that only she can stop. Now, in addition to the support of a priest (Ian Holm), she also needs Dallas’ powerful support, because the unscrupulous industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) and his crew of orc-like space pirates want her death.
The fifth element with Bruce Willis is a brightly colored, unique sci-fi trip
Korben and Leeloo
And that’s not all. There is a famous opera scene with a blue alien diva (Maïwenn), Chris Tucker as proto-influencer with a hairstyle that looks like an airpod made of blond curls and world-saving aliens in steampunk armor. The list of hair-raising ideas in The Fifth Element is endless.
This is exactly what makes the great sci-fi masterpiece so attractive: It is crammed from top to bottom with bizarre show values. Similar to later in Valerian, Besson designs a new world on the drawing board with a lot of creativity, but also in which flying cars and space luxury yachts exist ancient, religious cults and unshaven taxi drivers in shabby hovels.
All of this was implemented with the greatest possible care and attention to detail. The huge pile of ideas is not arbitrary, but a careful composition: Every gaudy outfit, every splash of dirt, every button on a rapid-fire weapon is perfectly placed like the stroke of a master painter.
The whole special, breathless and campy mood of the film is carried by the actors, who are without exception in absolute top form: Tucker in screeching high pressure mode, Jovovich as a childlike angel and Oldman – that alone a huge pleasure – as choleric, unscrupulous screamer from a narcissist.
At the top, however, is Willis, who has his role somewhere between Bogart’s trench coat and a handle in the John McClane drawer settled: clever, rough, tough, but also idiot and disillusioned until someone gives him a gun and a reason to fight.
The fifth element is 90s cult and one of the best sci-fi films of all time. Korben Dallas is one of Willis’ iconic roles. He’s a pinnacle of will and talent that fans can return to time and time again. And hopefully at some point himself too.
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