The Fifth Element
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Good and evil battle for the future of 23rd century Earth in this visually striking big-budget science fiction epic. In the movie's prologue, which is set in 1914, scientists gather in Egypt at the site of an event that transpired centuries earlier. Aliens, it seemed, arrived to collect four stones representing the four basic elements (earth, air, fire and water) - warning their human contacts that the objects were no longer safe on Earth. A few hundred years later (in the 23rd century), a huge ball of molten lava and flame is hurtling toward Earth, and scientist-holy man Victor Cornelius… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"In this movie and many like it, the only elements that count are impact, impact, impact and impact. The fifth element is gibberish."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The Fifth Element has to be the most creative visualization since Tim Burton's first Batman in 1989. On top of that, it's a whole lot of fun."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A jaw-dropping, mind-blowing pop epic that gives you everything from the slam-bang sci-fi fantasy of Star Wars to the inspired slapstick lunacy of The Marx Brothers"
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"Pure eye-candy and a rollicking good-time."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"The story is such a cut-rate kid's sci-fi fairy tale that at one point Evil actually calls Gary Oldman on the phone (and it isn't played for laughs)."
‑ Jimmy Chertkow, Film Threat
"A hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"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
"Loud, long, and overwhelming..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's a triumph of form over content, but it's a stunning triumph."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Besson has done a solid, if not outstanding, job in bringing his story, written as a teenager, to the big screen."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Besson's futuristic fable is flawed by a messy narrative which strains to incorporate far too many grotesque and eccentric characters."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Mr. Besson directs with ceaseless flamboyance and with an obvious enthusiasm for his film's comic book conceits. But the tone of The Fifth Element is often terribly shrill, especially when attention shifts to grating minor characters."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Stylish and very violent sci-fi action flick."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"I knew where it was going at all times, but the ride was excellent."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A motion picture with the body of a mainstream blockbuster but the spirit of a trendy cult flick."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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