Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
The only positive for this film was the special effects, which were well done.
The basic storyline to this futuristic sci-fi action flick is that once every 5,000 years, pure evil is able to come to our dimension and the only thing that can stop it is a hero that is pure life, the fifth element after earth, fire, air, and water. Interestingly, while not mentioning that the pure life is “God”, the protectors of the keys to the pure life are some bulky looking aliens (Mondoshawan) who have chosen religious humans to help (a priest named Cornelius, played by Ian Holm). The year is 2259, and it is time for the evil to return!
As the Mondoshawan (you know, the good aliens) are returning to help in the struggle against the evil, the Mangalores (large, dog-looking mercenaries) destroy the Mondoshawan’s spacecraft. From the wreckage, the Fifth Element is regenerated. The Fifth Element takes the form of a red-haired beauty named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich). Leeloo meets up with Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), an ex-military man presently employed as a New York city cab driver in an unexpected way. Of course, Korben helps Leeloo out by getting her to Father Cornelius. There starts the race against the enemy to find the keys—keys which must be acquired in order to release the power of true life and stop the evil.
This poorly written and poorly directed film may hold an exciting tension (for some), but it really doesn’t deserve an audience, especially Christians. I was shocked that the MPAA chose to give it a “PG-13” rating and felt that it deserved an “R” due to repeated upper torso nudity (Leeloo), two strongly implied sexual encounters, abundant foul language, and graphic violence. Further, most women are very scantily clad.
A final aspect which I found disturbing is a futuristic disc jockey character named Ruby Rhod whose speech, effeminate dress and hairstyle all keep you wondering what his gender is, until he starts “attacking” (sexually) a stewardess.