The Fifth Element

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The Fifth Element is a 1997 science fiction film directed, co-written, and based on a story by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, and Chris Tucker. Mostly set during the twenty-third century, the film's central plot involves the survival of humanity which becomes the duty of a taxicab driver (and former special forces major) named Korben Dallas (Willis) when a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his taxicab. Upon learning of her significance, Dallas must join efforts with the girl and a priest (Holm) to recover four mystical stones which are the key to defending Earth from an impending attack of pure evil and destruction.

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Every 5,000 years in conjunction with a planetary alignment, a "Great Evil" appears which attempts to destroy all life throughout the universe. In 1914, the Mondoshawan[1] arrive at an ancient Egyptian temple being excavated. They retrieve the only weapon capable of defeating the Great Evil, a collection of four stones representing the classical elements and the Fifth Element which conjugates the other four into organic life. After taking the weapons as "war is coming" but promising to return, the Mondoshawans present a key to their human confidant, a priest, and tell him to pass it through future generations.

In 2263, the Great Evil appears and destroys a Federated Army space battleship as it heads to Earth. As the Mondoshawans return to Earth, they are ambushed by the shape-shifting Mangalores, hired by wealthy industrialist and Great Evil ally Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman). Earth scientists recover a portion of the Fifth Element and use a reconstitution device to recreate it in the form of an apparently human woman named "Leeloo" (Milla Jovovich), described as "the perfect being." Leeloo, terrified of her unfamiliar surroundings, escapes from the scientists and lands on the flying New York taxicab of Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), a former major in the Federated Army's Special Forces.

Dallas delivers Leeloo to Priest Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm), the current holder of the key, and his apprentice, David (Charlie Creed-Miles). Cornelius learns from Leeloo that the four Elements were not carried by the Mondoshawans, but instead entrusted to Diva Plavalaguna, a singer performing on a luxury space liner on the resort planet Fhloston Paradise. Because the Mangalores' attack on the Mondoshawans was unsuccessful in recovering the stones, Zorg betrays and kills them; the survivors seek revenge by obtaining the stones for themselves. General Munro (Brion James) appears at Dallas's apartment to recall him to service. He is to travel to Fhloston Paradise undercover as the winner of a rigged contest. However widespread publicity surrounding the contest attracts the attention of all parties concerned with acquiring the stones. The meeting is interrupted by the arrival of Cornelius and Leeloo, who steal the winning tickets. Dallas accepts Munro's assignment and travels to the spaceport, regains the tickets, and boards the passenger spaceplane with Leeloo. Cornelius instructs David to prepare the temple and sneaks onboard the spaceplane.

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