Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) is a cab driver in the year 2263. In the early 1900s a group of aliens known as the Mondoshewan, head to a crypt in Egypt and extract the four stones, or elements, along with the fabled fifth element, that they placed there hundreds of years before, in order to keep them safe. These objects are to be used to defeat a great evil that threatens all life every 5000 years. Now, in 2263, it is revealed that the great evil intends to attack Earth and the aliens are attempting to bring the elements back to Earth. Unfortunately, this evil isn’t without resources and is able to stop them from bringing the elements to Earth. The government is able to save a limb from one of the crash victims and they soon clone what is revealed to be the fifth element. The fifth element, Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), manages to escape and crash lands in Korben’s taxi. He eventually takes her to meet Cornelius (Ian Holm), the priest in charge of the crypt key, and the two part ways for a short while. Government and religion collide once again and Dallas is forced to go on a space cruise in order to find the four stones. Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) is working for the prime evil and is also after the stones. A race has begun to either save or doom our planet.
This film was destined for greatness before it was even released. With a cast containing Bruce Willis, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, and Chris Tucker there was absolutely no way it could fail. Although Willis was the main character, I feel I’m obligated to mention the performance of Gary Oldman. I’m of the opinion that he is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. He ranks right up there with Johnny Depp or any other actor you can think of, only without the insane income. The story is absolutely amazing and deserves all awards it received. I also feel I should give props to the cinematography crew, who did such a fantastic job that to this day it’s amazing. Little known director Luc Besson really made a name for himself with this picture. I give it a very respectable 9/10. An absolute must see for anyone claiming to be a sci-fi buff.