A Modern Staging of the Eternal Return

The Fifth Element

There is no complicated metaphysics staged in The Fifth Element. It is actually a concept we immediately relate to, which is perhaps why the movie was so popular from the very beginning. Every five millennia or so, the world comes to a point where the mysterious Fifth Element must be ushered in on Earth in […]

Four Elements And A Cabbie

Bruce Willis is Korben Dallas

In The Fifth Element we see two main characters trying to save the world: one is the ever-lovely (and half-nude) Leeloo and the other one is Korben Dallas, the not so average ex-military who is now a cabbie (ex-cabbie starting from the beginning of the film). Leeloo is played by Milla Jovovich, in her biggest […]

The Richness of The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element

Many a times it was said that The Fifth Element doesn’t have as much story as action set pieces – and, for all that matters, it may be actually true. Let us not forget that the basis of the movie was set by a teenager and that, even in the later years, this teenager was […]

The Classical Joke

Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

When asked about the fantastic world of The Fifth Element and how it came into existence, Luc Besson said that he started writing the screenplay when he was 16 years of age. So it makes sense seeing all those 23rd century futuristic ideas and concepts – there is nothing more creative than a bored teenager. […]

What The Fifth Element Got Right

Bruce and Milla MultiPass

Not at all a classic, The Fifth Element does abound in rich images and even more. While the screenplay does seem to be written by a teenager, we get a glimpse of how society can be in the 23rd century. Sometimes over the top, sometimes visionary, some of these scenarios have proven to be true. […]

Is the Fifth Element a Sexist Film

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The feminist journal Women’s Studies in Communication considered sexist to be one of the film’s main themes. They say the film has eliminated women from the introductory scenes, by pointing out Leeloo’s remaking the second time a woman showed up in the movie after 20 minutes. They claim women make appearances in the film, their […]

TheFifth Element- Sci Fi Classic

fifthelement bruce willis milla jovovich

It isn’t really surprising since the movie is one of the freshest movies of the late 90’s. It’s definitely a science fiction classic. The fact that it features some of the most acclaimed personalities today adds to the Fifth Element’s appeal. The Plot The setting is mid-23rd century. The story by Luc Besson revolves around […]