Fifth Element/C,A-

   Columbia Tristar/1997/126 minutes

       Is it actually a comedy?  The hilarity confounds me. As an action flick it is ridiculous. The spectacular look of the film seems wasted on the silliest character interaction this side of Planet X. Director Luc Besson pokes fun at icons like Blade Runner with a floating air junk selling chinese food, but wherefore art thou stylish director of La Femme Nikita or even the overblown elements of The Big Blue. Bruce Willis goes through the action hero motions while newcomer Milla Jovovich is a delightful red-headed alien. Gary Oldman is rather an embarrassment as the villain.

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Great effects but zero gravity. Columbia Tristar

      This may not be the first rate movie director Besson intended but it sure is a fantastic looking DVD. Exciting color pops right off the screen. The anamorphic transfer is sharp and film-like. The depth is amazing. The Dolby 5:1 surround is awesome, with bass vibrating deeply and firepower enveloping the home theater arena.

































































































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