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It may or may not be the worst movie ever made, but it is one of the most unhinged.
The action is fast, furious, and as wacky as science fantasy gets.
Besson may have misfired with The Fifth Element, but at least he does it with flair and a sense of humor.
As a yammering, swishy talk show host, Chris Tucker is flat-out incomprehensible, while Mr. Oldman preens evilly enough to leave tooth marks on the scenery.
The cast is a delight, but it's Willis who is the film's true "fifth element," giving it life, depth and humanity.
Even the revelation of what the fifth element is at the end is disingenuous--in fact, the archness of this whole project is repellent.
What an attempt, and what a work of the imagination. The Fifth Element' will change the look of science fiction and will probably be imitated for years.
The movie unreels like a depressive in a manic phase, a frenzy of lightning-fast cuts, cuts, cuts.
But for all the fancy-schmancy effects (budget: $90 million-plus), the vision of a hypercongested metropolis is not much more sophisticated than an episode of "The Jetsons." [9 May 1997]