Even as an over-fan of the sci-fi genre, I sometimes lose interest in its cult works: 2001? Too pompous. Blade Runner? Not enough action. Matrix? I can no longer hear Morpheus. There are only a few milestones in the genre that I can just watch over and over again. The fifth element with Bruce Willis is such a case. It's good he's on Netflix.
Wacky Sci-Fi cult with Bruce Willis: That's what The Fifth Element is all about
It starts with the crazy story: Evil (really all of it) tries to wipe out all life on earth in the form of a huge ball. To this end, it allies itself with the economic boss Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman), who immediately sends out a crowd of space orcs to eliminate the resistance of humanity.
The only remedy against evil is a ritual in which the four basic elements combine with the personified fifth element, a being called Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), and thus banish the nasty sphere.
Bruce Willis as a trigger-happy taxi driver
However, Leelo crash-lands on the way to Earth and ends WATCHSERIES in the flying taxi owned by Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), an ex-officer who is terrorized by his mother for most of the day. So the fate of humanity literally falls into his lap and the hunt is on.
In case you don't know the fifth element yet and that shouldn't be enough for you: There is a legendary opera performance by a blue tentacle lady, Chris Tucker as a hysterical Prince blend with a blonde quiff, a cruise, lots of daring outfits and wise aliens who look like a cross between a troll and a tuba.
Check out Netflix right away: This scene shows how great The Fifth Element is
The fifth element combines lively action with crazy humor and crazy characters in a completely insane way. The bizarre result is particularly well expressed in a scene.
There, villain Zorg is about to conclude a sinister deal: His space orc mercenaries, also known as Mangalores, should poke the four basic elements on his behalf and receive a generous number of a versatile attack weapon, the ZF-1.
The sci-fi gun that turns pacifists into gun freaks
To make the weapon palatable to his henchmen, Zorg demonstrates it on a shooting gallery figure. One after the other, he rifles the poor test dummy with a target-seeking rapid fire, exploding lethal syringes, rocket projectiles, a safety net, a flamethrower and an icing system.
Check out the crazy sci-fi scene here:
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While the target figure is burned, frozen, shot and networked according to all the rules of the art, the Mangalores in their grunt-heavy language get intoxicated like little schoolchildren over this perverse mutation of a Swiss army knife.
Gary Oldman's acting talent does the rest. After his hymn of praise for the mobile weapon of mass destruction, which alternates between delusion and sales rhetoric, I'd like to have one too, pacifism or not.
Explosions, fast lane humor and party looks on Netflix
Only when the deal breaks does the funny orgy of riot overturn: the four stones with the four basic elements are not in the suitcase provided for them. That spoils Zorg's mood and he simply blows up the Mangalores, who are still happily experimenting with the new toy.
The ZF-1 pitch simply combines everything I love about The Fifth Element: Excessive action without excuses, hysterically bizarre characters, humor with the nose on the accelerator and a gaudy look that stylizes everything into a trashy glossy party.
The scene is actually enough to make every sci-fi disciple a fan of this crazy work. To be on the safe side, I can only recommend everyone to watch the entire film on Netflix.
What's your favorite scene from The Fifth Element?