The Fifth Element (1997)

Back when you could still trust Luc Besson (The Family hadn't happened, for starters, but Nikita and Leon both had) there was The Fifth Element.  A movie I have somehow never seen.

The film tells the story of Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), a 23rd century cab driver, who teams up with Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) after she literally falls into his taxi.  With the planet under imminent attack from a Great Evil that appears once every 5,000 years they need to track down four mystical stones which are essential to earth's defence. 

The movie also stars Gary Oldman.

Gary Oldman plays a wrong'un.  Obviously.

The film's rated 7.6/10 on IMDB and 71% on Rotten Tomatoes and until The Intouchables came along a couple of years ago it was the most financially successful French film of all time.

It's screening as part of The Film World of Jean-Paul Gaultier, a season of films he has curated to run along side the exhibition of his work at the Barbican. There's only one showing hence the less than ideal start time and as the bars in the area are likely to be closing when the movie finishes the plan is to allow a longer meet up than usual before the movie.  Details will be sent out to those who have RSVP'd the night before the meet.

Tickets are £9.50 and can be purchased here. At the time of my writing this about half the seats are left.

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  • Fergal

    great...nice to meet you guys!!!! and if you have a spare musical moment.. https://soundcloud.com/#blackcandywhite
    thats me on soundcloud!!!

    May 26

  • Mike

    Great film ! I particularly enjoyed Gary Oldman's performance. Thanks Michelle for organising.

    1 · May 24

    • Michelle

      Amen. Though if you do want Oldman related trauma remember Big Mo from Eastenders is his sister.

      May 24

    • Nic

      Thanks for organising, Michelle, it was fab!

      1 · May 25

  • ollie

    Wonderfully ridiculous. Basically it's Carry On Blade Runner, which is in no way meant as a criticism! Gary Oldman makes it, but then he usually does. Even Bruce Willis turns in a performance. And didn't I spot Moxey from Auf Widersehen Pet? Totally forgot he was in it!

    May 24

    • Michelle

      Lol! I spotted Captain Hollister from Red Dwarf, though I couldn't place him until I got home. I was literally going to sleep when it came to me.

      May 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super fun evening, thanks Michelle and everyone.

    1 · May 24

  • Sean

    Thanks Michelle, had a great night. Was really good to meet everyone and will definitely be along to a few more soon!

    1 · May 24

  • Michelle

    Meet up details have been sent out. For anyone joining us later we'll be in the Camera Bar at the Barbican from 7pm :)

    3 · May 22

  • Fergal

    got ticket row F see u guys on the night!

    1 · May 22

  • Ian H.

    Got my ticket. Another first timer here too! Looking forward to it!

    1 · May 21

  • Gerard

    This is SUCH a great film & wonderfully designed. When and where are people supposed to meet? There won't be time to go for a drink after the film ends... as it finishes at just after 11 o'clock...

    May 21

    • Michelle

      Yeah the plan is to meet around 7pm. I'll be emailing those who've said yes tomorrow with the details but I'm pretty certain it will be seven :-)

      May 21

    • Gerard

      Sounds good. I'd pop it in the events description as well, just to make it easy for others to find. :) I hope I can make it along now...

      May 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just grabbed my Ticket from the Advance desk, I believe there have been some changes to the event, please check to confirm. My ticket says Cinema Three on the 23rd at 8:45. Cheers from Dan.
    - not an easy place to find lols...

    May 21

    • Michelle

      Oops! This was the first time I'd put an event up so I must have missed that when figuring out how stuff worked. It is screen 3 and I've amended the listing. Helpfully 2 and 3 literally share a wall so we wouldn't have gone too far wrong lol. Thanks!

      May 21

    • Sean

      I just had a call from the Barbican to confirm that it is in cinema 3 :)

      May 21

  • Ellie Lois N.

    Hello guys ! This will be my first time too ! Look forward to metting you all x

    1 · May 18

    • Ellie Lois N.

      I won't able to buy a ticket until Friday :( Hopefullly they still have some left. Look forward to meeting you guys !

      1 · May 21

    • Michelle

      I think it will be fine, looking at how many are left. They might not be the best in the house but I think there will be seats (of course that's just me guessing)

      May 21

  • Michelle

    For those of you who haven't booked yet - there are plenty seats left (at least sixty or so) but most are now right at the front, sides or back. If you want anything a bit more central I'd book soon.

    May 19

  • Kat

    Booked in row H as well. Yay.

    May 19

  • Darren H.

    H9 - one of my favourite films ever so looking forward to this!

    May 19

  • Sam J.

    booked, H6, F looked pretty rammed...

    1 · May 19

  • Sean

    Hi guys, should hopefully be coming along for my first meet, just moved to London this week. What a movie to start with as well!

    1 · May 18

    • Michelle

      Totally! I'm Irish myself actually, though further south and I've been here since I was pint-size. As I said to Ellie if you have any trouble finding us then don't hesitate to contact me :)

      1 · May 18

    • Sean

      Thanks Michelle :)

      May 18

  • André J.

    Recently moved to London and will try to make this my first time also! The Fifth Element is one of those movies I'm sure I would love but have for some reason never gotten around to seeing it...

    2 · May 18

  • Ahmed E.

    I never knew this movie had so many fans :)

    May 17

  • Marianne

    Seen it, more then once.
    Have it on DVD; special edition.
    And am even in it........, though blink and you miss me...... , as a brackground artist, in several scenes..... :)
    So really no desire to see it again.......

    1 · May 11

  • Nic

    Love this film! So looking forward to this :)

    2 · May 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is always The Fifth Elephant in my Head; for some odd reason (-_-) DD.....

    May 1

    • Michelle

      Kai - I have. Big Discworld Fan :)

      May 1

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Kai, I did not know about the Dw Book, thanks for Info, cheers.

      May 1

  • Kai

    This is one of my favourite films, and I've loved it for a good portion of my life. I think I wrote an essay in GCSE English class about how much I loved it.

    May 1

  • Trudi

    Michelle this is a bloody good film.

    April 28

    • Michelle

      I have no doubt whatsoever about that, how I've never gotten around to it I do not know. Fixing it now though :D

      1 · April 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    GREAT FILM!!! :D :D :D :D :D

    April 28

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