fifthelement

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.

fifthelement4kbluStudio: Sony Pictures
Year: 2017
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Run time: 126 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD/Digital Copy
Region: A

The Fifth Element instead is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of classic comic book science fiction that is done with class and finesse. The plot, the dialogue, the visuals, everything is done in a zany vein of both humor an style. The movie is equally adept at poking fun at the conventions of its subject matter while simultaneously appreciating it with the love of a 10-year old engrossed in a thrilling science fiction tale.

In terms of visuals, Besson’s flourishes are stunning and nigh-perfect in their matching the parodic/celebratory tone of the movie. Visually, the fifth element is an enjoyable colorful experience with a very imaginative production design– nonetheless it feels very camp and unreal. The flashy colors, special effects, wonderfully performed action sequences, strange, indescribable moments of sheer wonder and overall bombast all combine well and fit the plot and dialogue like a glove.

Most of all, the movie is just plain fun. The pacing is quick but not so quick as to make everything completely incoherent. The plot can be convoluded but once again this is a misunderstood element–the convolutions of the story are a deliberate play on the convolutions of classical sci-fi comic books and literature. Some might want to dispute me there, saying I’m giving the film too much credit, but Besson is not an idiotic director, and he didn’t take transcribe the plot of a story he wrote in 10th grade just because he thought it would be a complicated tale of human triumph; he did it to be parodic, while never losing sight of the fun and color that makes sci-fi as enjoyable as it is.
Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘The Fifth Element’ is a very beautiful looking film on 4K UHD Blu-ray and will really show off your home theater due to the explosion of colors that are used throughout. This is a stylistic film that is intentionally made to look like we are far into the future with the look of the city landscapes and the colors on the various creatures. The color palette really pops off the screen, and never disappoints one bit. Black levels provide some excellent depth. Scenes up close and when the camera pans away show provide stunning details.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in a Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix. ‘The Fifth Element’ will shake the walls off the foundation of your house the soundfield is so aggressive during the action scenes. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. For a 20 year old film, I was literally amazed with the amount of action panning from each speaker in the rears. It sounded as if there were all kinds of objects ricocheting off of the walls in the room. Bass was punchy as it shows with the amount of gunfire and explosions. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear.

Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • The Visual Element Extras [HD]
  • The Star Element: Bruce Willis [HD]
  • The Star Element: Milla Jovovich [HD]
  • The Star Element: Chris Tucker [HD]
  • The Alien Element: Mondoshawans [HD]
  • The Alien Element: Mangalores [HD]
  • Head Test [HD]
  • Battle Outtake [HD]
  • The Alien Element: Picasso [HD]
  • The Alien Element: Strikers [HD]
  • The Fashion Element [HD]
  • The Diva [HD]
  • The Digital Element [HD]
  • Imagining ‘The Fifth Element’ [HD]
  • The Elements of Style [HD]

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

“The Fifth Element” is certainly one of the best and most imaginative pieces of original science fiction fanfare produced in a long time. That a sharp director such as Luc Besson was able to get behind the camera of his own little world.
Overall Rating: 9/10