“The Fifth Element” is a distinguished, futuristic story of preventing an apocalyptic disaster in the year 2259 A.D.  Considering this movie was done in the late 1990’s, it still comes pretty close to capturing all of the good and bad points of the distant future.  Centuries before 2259, a fifth element, combined with four traditional earthly elements was predestined to defeat an oncoming disaster from space.  This fifth element ends up being a young woman with superior DNA, intellect and physical strength.  She escapes from a scientific laboratory and teams up with an ex-military cab driver that was re-commissioned to save the world with her in the first place.

The movie's special effects, costumes, perfectly-paced storytelling and memorable characters are what truly sell the story.  The soundtrack and film score have a gritty, eclectic mix of independent songs.  Speaking of songs, the alien opera singer is actually cool.  The title roles are played brilliantly by Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich with a supporting cast that includes the hilarious Chris Tucker, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman and even a brief appearance by Luke Perry, at the height of his “Beverly Hills 90210” fame.  He was definitely great eye candy.  Incidentally, this film has some signature, shameless cultural references and styles of the 1990’s, but they blend in so well with the plot that I was still thoroughly entertained.  I was even taken on a minor trip of nostalgia.

The only things I didn't like were the blatant profanity in certain spots, even under duress.  Finally, the film was a little bit campy.  However, the pros far outweigh the cons, and I would even consider this movie to be within my top 20 best films of all time.  This movie sincerely has a little bit of everything:  comedy, romance, some “Die Hard” action and adventure, drama, as well as some likable weirdness.

“The Fifth Element” is one of those classics that stir up some interesting philosophical questions. It contains timeless elements of a potential technology, but embraces the value of tradition.  This, to me, represents the essence of true progress.  After all, isn't that what humanity is constantly striving for?