The Fifth Element - Bonkers, Baffling and Brilliant

The Fifth Element may be one of the most unique science fiction movies ever made, and the most divisive. Join me as I review the 1997 Luc Besson movie that became a cult classic.


  1. The Critical Drinker

    The Critical Drinker

    16 napja

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    • Goodwins all access Media service provider

      Goodwins all access Media service provider

      8 napja

      I loved it from day 1

    • Checkered Croat

      Checkered Croat

      10 napja

      The Critical Drinker, with recent situation with Gina I think its perfect time to talk about the movie Rollerball (1975). Im sure you remember the classic and legendary ending.

    • nagualdesign


      10 napja

      @Breezy x I made it through the first 10 minutes. Not my kind of film.

    • Juzu Juzu

      Juzu Juzu

      11 napja

      Drinker, Stanley Kubrick did all of his films since Dr.Strangelove in England. Sure this is a nitpick as he was financed by US studios, but still a nice fact to know. So the picture of 2001 A Space Odyssey is made in England. Anyway, that's all I got for you today. I'll go away now.

    • Orphican


      12 napja

      Hey Drinker what do you think about Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch 2011?

  2. Gary Williams

    Gary Williams


    Where did he learn to negotiate?

  3. Mark Vandenberg

    Mark Vandenberg


    This is quickly becoming my favorite channel on HUeye.

  4. Diana Guldhammer

    Diana Guldhammer

    2 órája

    The protagonist and antagonist never meet and doesn’t even know about each other and still this movie is a masterpiece

  5. Diana Guldhammer

    Diana Guldhammer

    3 órája


  6. Isaac N. Rubio

    Isaac N. Rubio

    4 órája

    The Italians gave us The Beyond

  7. Christian Sorensen

    Christian Sorensen

    4 órája

    Absolute masterpiece imho.

  8. Werewolfwrath


    10 órája

    It also included the (in my opinion) best sci-fi gun ever. The ZF-1

  9. Char Aznable

    Char Aznable

    17 órája

    10:50 to 10:54 This is how you 'competently' subvert expectations, Rian Johnson...

  10. MichaelK


    19 órája

    You are on spot EXCEPT for Ruby Rhod. Hes utterly amazing.

  11. Bill Loveland

    Bill Loveland

    20 órája

    Bob's yer uncle should be a required part of modern discourse.

    • Char Aznable

      Char Aznable

      17 órája

      Only if 'slob me knob!' is also included though.

  12. Nicole Moore

    Nicole Moore

    23 órája

    Fifth Element is a classic. The alien opera singer rocked. Ruby Rod is a drama queen and screams his ass off most of the time. Gary Oldman puts on his usual great performance. Bruce Willis kicks ass and takes names. Leeloo Dallas is a strong independent woman that loves her multi-pass and eats like a linebacker and also a supreme being. The Critical drinker drinks too much, but that's what we love about him and that's why we're here. Who else agrees?

  13. Steven Borg

    Steven Borg

    23 órája

    How you gonna do my man Lee Evans dirty like that?

  14. Jordy ShortRibs

    Jordy ShortRibs


    Gotta say Drinker, always love your takes and this was almost perfect except you missed the brilliance of Chris Tuckers performance as Ruby Rhod. He may of been annoying at the time, but when you look back at it and realise how much of what he did with the role was probably not in the script, it truly was Oscar worthy.




    I really enjoyed the part where TCD had something good to say. :)

  16. Anton Roby

    Anton Roby


    Like most of Besson's early movies, boss!

  17. Chad Peplinski

    Chad Peplinski


    This is a movie I absolutely love while many I know can’t see it. For me, it’s all the things you call out in this review

  18. Bill Loveland

    Bill Loveland


    When my boys were little we used to say to each other itsa itsa no no no no no no no

  19. cindercatz



    One of my favorite movies All-Time. ^_^

  20. jakibonham



    Been going "bzzzzzzzzzz" to people I don't like since 1997. Thanks Ruby!

  21. Scott



    I love this movie. Thank you.

  22. BisonHind2788



    I'm sorry but I love Ruby Rhod.

  23. FanFanBessie2



    I LOVE this movie - this was a GREAT video about it!!!😀👍

  24. Ash G

    Ash G


    The 1st rule of watching 5th Element is: *Before the intro starts: close all blinds, switch off all lights and put volume up a bit.*

  25. James Verhoff

    James Verhoff


    This movie reminds me a lot of older (say, 60s and 70s) sci-fi books. It touched on fairly deep issues (the role of religion in society, the treatment of poor people and police powers, the interplay between life and death [Zorg and Leelu represent two different conclusions on it]). But it remembered that ultimately sci-fi is about humans, with all that entails. Including the fact that we occasionally have fun and do things that are completely insane. The movie also had its own take on sci-fi. Okay, the common tropes are there--space navy, FTL travel, flying cars, Judge Dredd wannabes. But you can't imagine this occurring within the Star Wars, Star Trek, or Stargate universes. This film established its own universe (something Star Wars hasn't been capable of doing since the first movie). In doing so it freed itself of the straightjacket of modern sci-fi, allowing itself the freedom to do its own thing. The other good thing about it is that it ended. The movie had a story to tell, and once it was done telling the story the story stopped. You don't need 50 novels of backstory, 13 films, and 4 TV series to enjoy it; you can sit down for two hours, have a few beers, and have a satisfying cinematic experience. This allowed the film makers to focus on the story, not on the plot holes. I don't need to know how they thawed that guy in the fridge out; it was a funny gag, then we moved on. If this was a franchise the writers would be expected to explore every nuance of this, its socioeconomic implications, and have flashbacks of Dallas doing this in some military op. But since it's a one-shot film this gag (along with so many others) can be throw-away visual humor.

  26. Claude Roux

    Claude Roux


    For a Frenchman, the SyFy plot in the movie was very familiar. It was reminiscent of the Bandes Dessinées (French Comics) from the 70s and 80s: L'Incal, Vagabond des Limbes or Valerian. The Incal for instance already featured the same police uniforms, the same flying cars or the same goofy spaceships. Besson took all these ideas from Moebius, Mézières, Druillet, Jorodowsky or Ribera (Moebius and Mézières were credited on the movie) and created this movie, which was the fusion of crazy French SF (many of these guys were actually quite high on drugs when they wrote their scenarii) with Hollywood efficiency.

    • Char Aznable

      Char Aznable

      17 órája

      Unfortunately, Hollywood efficiency is no longer a 'thing'. Too many of the old, experienced Directors and producers have aged out, and too many of their replacements are incompetent morons who hide behind social justice issues as a shield against scrutiny and criticism.

  27. Rod zila

    Rod zila


    So we are going to ignore the Dollars Trilogy?

  28. Jacob Sayre

    Jacob Sayre


    . . . It's so bad! I'm sorry!

  29. putitawo



    I love the movie, but if the script writer spent 20 years on this, then it was either too much time or not enough. A story 20 years in the making should not have plot holes this big.

  30. Reece Sanderson

    Reece Sanderson

    2 napja

    Ruby rhod had me dying in laughter a few times I'm not going to lie

    • Char Aznable

      Char Aznable

      17 órája

      Chris Tucker's screaming alone always kills me, lol.

  31. Bryce Erickson

    Bryce Erickson

    2 napja

    The only movie I ever cared enough to see in a theatre twice

  32. doc blade

    doc blade

    2 napja

    That's the GOOD kind of crazy!



    2 napja

    I remember Mila Jovovich from Kuffs, where she played Christian Slaters Girlfirend! Good movie BTW!

  34. DaddyStu


    2 napja

    Even those stupid hog aliens were cool AF. Gave me Duke Nukem vibes.

  35. lovelessissimo


    2 napja

    This movie received zero stars when it came out.

  36. Troublechutor


    2 napja

    Ruby Rod is the second best thing about this movie... Fight me.

  37. Rafael da Silva

    Rafael da Silva

    2 napja

    This movie is absolute bollocks, a walk in the park of the craziness and I absolutely love every second of it! in a time where doing a funny and engaging movie was top priority, instead of checkmarking sjw quotas.

  38. Ahmad Brown

    Ahmad Brown

    2 napja

    Continual annoyance and dismissal of black characters n movies is pretty constant on this page..... We know why....

  39. Ahmad Brown

    Ahmad Brown

    2 napja

    Definitely an all time great movie. It's timeless. Chris Tucker's character is even more (oddly n unfortunately) relevant today as a character..... The costumes, design, cinematography, graphics, etc all hold up well and keep you in suspended belief even now.

  40. BetterThanReality


    2 napja

    Super green.

  41. The Real Uth

    The Real Uth

    2 napja

    Please review "In Bruges"!!!

  42. wictor1992


    3 napja

    "About as effective as throwing chicken nuggets at a fat-positivity activist" must be the greatest line of all times.

  43. fox


    3 napja

    Its the plot of the little mermaid....... 19 year old and a old guy... not stupid but dosen't know what a fork is.... gets a new body etc

  44. ARIES5342


    3 napja

    I disagree. Mila is the ONLY reason this movie got ANYTHING! Adam

  45. kjhanson kjhanson

    kjhanson kjhanson

    3 napja

    I have watched this a shit load. Back when sci fi was interesting. The last thing that I can think of (that's good) that seems similar is firefly/serenity

  46. Dash DIgitaL

    Dash DIgitaL

    3 napja

    Mate, do a review on Primer made by Shane Carruth in 2004.

  47. Jacks Bob

    Jacks Bob

    3 napja

    Firing chicken nuggets at a fat positivity activist. Im dying in laughter. Haha

  48. wtiiwarcraft


    3 napja

    One of my favourite films of all time, epic entertainment with some of the most quoteable lines in cinema history

  49. kivu88


    3 napja

    I always thought it was cool getting Chinese food straight from your balcony

  50. Michael W

    Michael W

    3 napja

    I'd rather watch chris tucker's character in this movie than watch the SHIT of today.

  51. DoubleK1990


    3 napja

    Mila was one of my very first celeb crushes, hands down

  52. Ankri


    3 napja

    The movies was simply fun to watch.

  53. Richard Mc

    Richard Mc

    3 napja

    The Fifth Element is like the bad rip off of itself. Like the Turkish Superman etc

  54. Noelle Campbell

    Noelle Campbell

    3 napja

    Just about my favorite movie ever. Never went to see it in the theater because the trailer and ads were non existent.

  55. Andrew Dempsey

    Andrew Dempsey

    4 napja

    Just watched it for the first time, loved it

  56. Imperator232


    4 napja

    This movie is pure passion and creativity.

  57. Nim


    4 napja

    It’s the little things, like the size of the filter vs tobacco in the cigarettes, that make this such a labour of love and a joy to watch 👍🏽

  58. Timothy Fitzgerald

    Timothy Fitzgerald

    4 napja

    I had forgotten it before this video. It is funny how much we overlap in our tastes and interest, but then have such extreme differences in a few things.

  59. Tom Landolt

    Tom Landolt

    4 napja

    do Valerian next. really curious what the critical drinker thinks of that one. i think it's fuckin underrated.

  60. mark johnston

    mark johnston

    4 napja

    Excellent summary and review, one of best films of the mid 90’s

  61. Bastymuss


    4 napja

    It's an absolute classic, featured so many people in their prime too, Even had my man Lee evans in there. Love it

  62. FatalAvarice


    4 napja

    This is one of the movies I could probably quote at will I've seen so many times. Milla Jovovich was probably my first uhhh celebrity girl-boy awakening thing, if you know what I mean. Truly a movie to just enjoy, nothing more nothing less. Shame about Valerian though.

  63. Bob Saunders

    Bob Saunders

    4 napja

    It really shows just how bad modern films are when you have nostalgia over this

  64. James Mayfield

    James Mayfield

    4 napja

    I saw this in the theater back in ‘97 and it’s still one of my favorite sci-fi movies. Not too hard nowadays since all Hollywood puts out is trash.

  65. Diane Nguyen

    Diane Nguyen

    4 napja

    Omg, tricky was there

  66. Dave Alber VR Painting

    Dave Alber VR Painting

    4 napja

    Regarding the film's look, feel, and style, I believe that Luc Besson was channeling Heavy Metal magazine. He wanted to create a film that carried the gestalt of the French magazine, that had been popular across the continents for over a decade. So, the look and style of the film emulates the designs by Mobius, Enki Bilal, and other comic creators. It's quite amazing in that regard, bringing to live action film the quirky science fiction subculture of Heavy Metal magazine.

  67. oh


    4 napja

    Probably my all time favorite movie.

  68. Rodney Thur

    Rodney Thur

    4 napja

    I loved the movie for what it is, entertainment, critics go home!

  69. this guy

    this guy

    5 napja

    multi pass?

  70. The Rings of Time

    The Rings of Time

    5 napja

    To summarise: Earth is basically a farm, the big bad believes he will be ruling over a new garden of Eden to prepare for when the entity returns for another feast, and LeLu is a some sort of generically modified human that contains a special element that binds the other four together and creates a super weapon.. LeLu's outfit though 👀 Real world Jesus was male and got nailed to a cross. Why couldn't we have this one instead!?

  71. tony152


    5 napja

    The 90’s the peak of Hollyweird before the Woke and politically motivated agendas started.

    • ClimateDeniers BelongInAsylum

      ClimateDeniers BelongInAsylum

      3 napja

      Good thing that climate change will kill us all off hey?

  72. A Shot of Whiskey

    A Shot of Whiskey

    5 napja

    1:04 - He was the only character that I liked. 2:36 - YAAAAY!!!



    5 napja

    One of my very favorite movies of all time. "Father, what does ECTO GAMMOT mean"?

  74. Michelle M.

    Michelle M.

    5 napja

    It is a beautiful special movie

  75. Robson Rover Repair

    Robson Rover Repair

    5 napja

    I had an ex who surprised me on my 21st birthday sexy Cosplay style dressed as Leeloo. Even down to the multipass. Needless to say I have enjoyed the memories since lol.

  76. john bickle

    john bickle

    5 napja

    She has over two hundred thousand DNA memo groups...that obviously means she can read any language XD. The universe's super uber kickass ultimate sweetheart, should be able to read every known language i mean, supreme being... also the fat aliens spoke english, i imagine from hanging around earth before so why couldn't they have taught her? not too big a jump if you ask me. I just love how they made Lilu awesome without the tiniest hint of modern feminism, but then again it was 1997 and humans were just becoming woke. I loved this film too, even Ruby Rodd. Nowadays these characters don't seem unusual at all ROFL, but back in the 90s, this was a roller coaster of wackiness.

  77. dbsommers1


    5 napja

    I admit, I was not a fan of it when it was released. Haven't seen it since so I don't know if my opinion would change now.

  78. Var'Haleq Phist

    Var'Haleq Phist

    5 napja

    The production design on this movie was insane, costumes by Jean Paul Gautier and world design by Jean 'Mobius' Girraud who drew The Silver Surfer comic for Marvel and also designed the human tech and the Nostromo sets on Ridley Scott's Alien 👽

  79. Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    5 napja

    I have to say are without question one of the most entertaining guys out there.....I love your crass and self effacing nature couple with some fucking razor sharp wit and stellar observations.....I appreciate and applaud you my should have millions of subs .....and that is a sincere non hyperbolic comment.....I wish you continued success I tell everyone I know about you...hope that helps and I look forward to your content moving forward ..cheers

  80. Chris Shell

    Chris Shell

    5 napja

    The 5th! one of my favorites

  81. aj dileo

    aj dileo

    5 napja

    Ruby Rod literally became profecy one of the best characters ever.

  82. aj dileo

    aj dileo

    5 napja

    Great movie please do The Big Hit. I think you will like it.

  83. James Berglind

    James Berglind

    5 napja

    Anyone enjoy Valerian?

  84. Victor Cozhuhari

    Victor Cozhuhari

    5 napja

    One of my favorite movies

  85. Al Codie

    Al Codie

    5 napja

    LMAO At the meth head the first time I saw this : ))

  86. Al Codie

    Al Codie

    5 napja

    3:21 exactly what I thought !!

  87. White Noise

    White Noise

    5 napja

    Fast paced, visual storytelling. Kinda like a Movie !!

  88. Steven Schofield

    Steven Schofield

    5 napja

    Ruby Rod makes me laugh my ass off EVERY TIME I see him lol never gets old.... hahaha his paint roller hair sticking out and Korbin Dallas is like wtf lookin at it haha

  89. BirdsElopeWithTheSun


    5 napja

    If you like this movie, then I highly recommend watching the 4 Luc Besson written "Taxi" films, they're almost just as weird and crazy. + you get to see Marion Cotillard's boobs.

  90. Kdefthogbg


    5 napja

    I've seen it 7 times, time for one more :) Thank you. Cheers!

  91. Peter Schattmann

    Peter Schattmann

    6 napja

    You might want to have a look at The Big Blue, another one of Besson's 'good' films.

  92. operanchu


    6 napja

    Whenever I hear any sort of opera-y melodic singling, I think of the blue lady

  93. Chris B.

    Chris B.

    6 napja

    We should also mention the impact of the work of grand master Moebius in this film.

  94. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones

    6 napja

    Absolutely love this movie. It’s soooo bloody good!

  95. ReddFoxx1562


    6 napja

    I found this film to be immensely enjoyable the first time I saw it. The first time.

  96. Joey M.

    Joey M.

    6 napja

    Hey, my dad did the sound for this movie. Was nominated for an academy award, too....but lost to titanic. I’m biased, but I thought this was better.

  97. Mos Melendez

    Mos Melendez

    6 napja

    definitely more of Aldous Huxley a brave new world and not George orwell 1984. But I feel at times its more PEE WEE big adventure.

  98. Just Like Paradise

    Just Like Paradise

    6 napja

    I love this movie. Great vid.

  99. david ross

    david ross

    6 napja

    6:50 She put them right next to her organs, you know, the ones that woman hating feminists complain about with girls that are tiny...

  100. Scott Miller

    Scott Miller

    6 napja

    This was so much better than "Lucy." The phrase "bombarded with greasy solar atoms" could have appeared in either movie, but you know that "Lucy" was somehow incredibly taking the pseudoscience seriously, while "Element" was just having fun. Ah, well. At least Morgan Freeman got a boatload of cash for what were essentially voice overs; good for him.