Pop Culture, Film

The Fifth Element

When: Sun., May 14, 2 p.m. and Wed., May 17, 7 p.m. 2017

Luc Besson's space opera The Fifth Element was a love letter to the sci-fi comic books of Jean Giraud (better known as Moebius) and Jean-Claude Mézières. As designers, the men influenced both the look of the film and its sprawling, metaphysical story. Bruce Willis plays Korben Dallas, a former elite soldier who now works as a cab driver. Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) literally falls into his life, a scantily clad beauty who just happens to be the ultimate weapon. Bioengineered by aliens to aid Earth in its fight against an ancient evil, Leeloo drags a besmitten Korben along with her as she pursues some plot-bearing stones. Along the way they pick up a priest (Ian Holm) and flamboyant media sensation (and noted screamer) Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker). It is delightful, and you can see it again on the big screen at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 14 and 17) at Marcus Wehrenberg Ronnies Cinema (5230 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $12.50. You'll also get a sneak peek at Besson's new film, Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which is an adaptation of Mézières brilliant comic book Valérian and Laureline. If you notice some visual similarities to the films of George Lucas, please keep in mind the that the comic first appeared in 1967.

Paul Friswold

Price: $12.50

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