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

    13 giorni fa

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    • Goodwins all access Media service provider

      Goodwins all access Media service provider

      5 giorni fa

      I loved it from day 1

    • Checkered Croat

      Checkered Croat

      6 giorni fa

      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


      7 giorni fa

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

    • Juzu Juzu

      Juzu Juzu

      7 giorni fa

      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


      8 giorni fa

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

  2. kjhanson kjhanson

    kjhanson kjhanson

    11 minuti fa

    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

  3. Dash DIgitaL

    Dash DIgitaL

    2 ore fa

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

  4. Jacks Bob

    Jacks Bob

    2 ore fa

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

  5. wtiiwarcraft


    4 ore fa

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

  6. kivu88


    4 ore fa

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

  7. Michael W

    Michael W

    7 ore fa

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

  8. DoubleK1990


    7 ore fa

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

  9. Ankri


    9 ore fa

    The movies was simply fun to watch.

  10. Richard Mc

    Richard Mc

    10 ore fa

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

  11. Noelle Campbell

    Noelle Campbell

    11 ore fa

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

  12. Andrew Dempsey

    Andrew Dempsey

    13 ore fa

    Just watched it for the first time, loved it

  13. Imperator232


    14 ore fa

    This movie is pure passion and creativity.

  14. Nim


    19 ore fa

    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 👍🏽

  15. Timothy Fitzgerald

    Timothy Fitzgerald

    20 ore fa

    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.

  16. Tom Landolt

    Tom Landolt

    Giorno fa

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

  17. mark johnston

    mark johnston

    Giorno fa

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

  18. Bastymuss


    Giorno fa

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

  19. FatalAvarice


    Giorno fa

    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.

  20. Bob Saunders

    Bob Saunders

    Giorno fa

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

  21. James Mayfield

    James Mayfield

    Giorno fa

    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.

  22. Diane Nguyen

    Diane Nguyen

    Giorno fa

    Omg, tricky was there

  23. Dave Alber VR Painting

    Dave Alber VR Painting

    Giorno fa

    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.

  24. oh


    Giorno fa

    Probably my all time favorite movie.

  25. Rodney Thur

    Rodney Thur

    Giorno fa

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

  26. this guy

    this guy

    Giorno fa

    multi pass?

  27. The Rings of Time

    The Rings of Time

    Giorno fa

    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!?

  28. tony152


    Giorno fa

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

  29. A Shot of Whiskey

    A Shot of Whiskey

    Giorno fa

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



    Giorno fa

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

  31. Michelle M.

    Michelle M.

    Giorno fa

    It is a beautiful special movie

  32. Robson Rover Repair

    Robson Rover Repair

    Giorno fa

    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.

  33. john bickle

    john bickle

    Giorno fa

    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.

  34. dbsommers1


    2 giorni fa

    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.

  35. Var'Haleq Phist

    Var'Haleq Phist

    2 giorni fa

    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 👽

  36. Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    2 giorni fa

    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

  37. Chris Shell

    Chris Shell

    2 giorni fa

    The 5th! one of my favorites

  38. aj dileo

    aj dileo

    2 giorni fa

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

  39. aj dileo

    aj dileo

    2 giorni fa

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

  40. James Berglind

    James Berglind

    2 giorni fa

    Anyone enjoy Valerian?

  41. Victor Cozhuhari

    Victor Cozhuhari

    2 giorni fa

    One of my favorite movies

  42. Al Codie

    Al Codie

    2 giorni fa

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

  43. Al Codie

    Al Codie

    2 giorni fa

    3:21 exactly what I thought !!

  44. White Noise

    White Noise

    2 giorni fa

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

  45. Steven Schofield

    Steven Schofield

    2 giorni fa

    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

  46. BirdsElopeWithTheSun


    2 giorni fa

    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.

  47. Kdefthogbg


    2 giorni fa

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

  48. Peter Schattmann

    Peter Schattmann

    2 giorni fa

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

  49. operanchu


    2 giorni fa

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

  50. Chris B.

    Chris B.

    2 giorni fa

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

  51. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones

    2 giorni fa

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

  52. ReddFoxx1562


    2 giorni fa

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

  53. Joey M.

    Joey M.

    2 giorni fa

    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.

  54. Mos Melendez

    Mos Melendez

    2 giorni fa

    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.

  55. Just Like Paradise

    Just Like Paradise

    2 giorni fa

    I love this movie. Great vid.

  56. david ross

    david ross

    2 giorni fa

    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...

  57. Scott Miller

    Scott Miller

    2 giorni fa

    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.

  58. Stigmergy


    2 giorni fa

    I used to have trouble deciding which movie was my all-time favorite. Then I remembered Fifth Element existed.

  59. Kevin Krueger

    Kevin Krueger

    2 giorni fa

    One of my very favorite movies! Such fun!

  60. Scocasso Vegetus

    Scocasso Vegetus

    3 giorni fa

    Definitely a lot of European fashion stuff in the movie, including Milla and various designers.

  61. Tom Kirtley

    Tom Kirtley

    3 giorni fa

    Amazing Film - watched it again last night - along with V for Vendetta & Constantine

  62. Chris Jim

    Chris Jim

    3 giorni fa

    I love Ruby Rod

  63. Chris Jim

    Chris Jim

    3 giorni fa


  64. John Marstall

    John Marstall

    3 giorni fa

    Whisky actually covers two elements: fire and water.

  65. Rod Roller

    Rod Roller

    3 giorni fa

    Still curious how Prince would have fared as Ruby Rhod. He was their first choice. Love Chris Tucker’s interpretation. But Prince?

  66. Andrew


    3 giorni fa

    The Fifth Element is Love. The End.

  67. Andrew


    3 giorni fa

    Mila is playing Illumina- I mean Lilo.

  68. Andrew


    3 giorni fa

    the fifth element is love btw. love conquers all btw.

  69. Andrew


    3 giorni fa


  70. Veronica Cordova

    Veronica Cordova

    3 giorni fa

    Lmao I love the appreciation for Ruby Rhod in the comments after Critical Drinker pretty much didn't care for him. But people can disagree like adults. Still he was my favorite in the movie!

  71. Noel Mendez

    Noel Mendez

    3 giorni fa

    Its "Heavy Metal". The cab driver part. Instead of a voluptuous red head its a skinny red head.

  72. Frederick Thoms

    Frederick Thoms

    3 giorni fa

    "Epic Melodrama of Star Wars..." - WTF are you talking about? I've had more Drama during a dump.

  73. pauldwalker


    3 giorni fa

    this movie is entertaining in an over the top way. 5 *, would watch again and again.

  74. Sergi Medina

    Sergi Medina

    3 giorni fa

    You should stop drinking, my friend! Anyway, I mostly liked this movie, although sometimes it's too weird for me. But I guess that's what makes it special!

  75. agent_meister


    3 giorni fa

    I love it, always have 👍

  76. Shane Zielinski

    Shane Zielinski

    3 giorni fa

    Mila did Joan Of Arc as her first role. I remember it was a great movie for its time, at its time. Don't know how it would stand up now, since you can't really find it.

  77. Ben Jones

    Ben Jones

    3 giorni fa

    I can understand why someone would hate this movie, but I still wouldn’t ever want to be friends with them.

  78. The Mad Mick

    The Mad Mick

    3 giorni fa

    Perfectly said. Love it or hate it. You won’t forget it. Cool movie.👍🥃

  79. Brian Wieden

    Brian Wieden

    4 giorni fa

    Well, what can you say about the 5th Element ?, I get that not all people will get it & the fact it was directed by some weird artsy French director is no surprise, but I recommend everyone do this trip at least once. It is on my short list of DVD's to put on if you are having trouble picking a movie, bet you won't watch it just once.

  80. J Sastre

    J Sastre

    4 giorni fa

    I freakin love this movie!! Can't say how many times I've seen it! And your so right. It is quite a breath of fresh air from all the rehashed shit Hollywood dumps out!

  81. diogenes koolaid

    diogenes koolaid

    4 giorni fa

    I love this movie. saw it in the theater when it came out and I did NOT like it the first time. somehow it grew on me over time. the crack addict robber at the front door was my favorite character: "give me the cashshshsh". I wonder if Luc wasn't trying to make almost a musical. the sound and music edits are incredible. oh and Ruby Rhod ROCKED.

  82. Michael Alexander

    Michael Alexander

    4 giorni fa

    The only character that annoys me in this movie is the President, who has the charisma and intelligence of a bag of rocks.

  83. Ulf Andersson

    Ulf Andersson

    4 giorni fa

    Ha, ha, ha! You have a hilarious voice and an interesting concept to describe things!

  84. W L

    W L

    4 giorni fa

    I love Ruby. he was fucking hilarious back then, and he's fucking hilarious now.

    • Kayden3


      4 giorni fa

      Amen! He maybe over the top but the character isn't there long enough to be annoying. Frankly he was a breathe of fresh air with all the serious characters up to that point.

  85. Vic Holtreman

    Vic Holtreman

    4 giorni fa

    Dude, seriously, you are SO damned good at this. I've seen the film countless times and I haven't even noticed the plot holes because I just love it so damned much.

  86. Kyle O'Connor

    Kyle O'Connor

    4 giorni fa

    Mmmm, cheekan

  87. Mihail Mihaylov

    Mihail Mihaylov

    4 giorni fa

    I absolutely love this movie! Cheers, mate!

  88. Philadelphia Whovian

    Philadelphia Whovian

    4 giorni fa

    this cast was amazing all around, and this movie still holds up as one of my favs to this very day. it's fantastic... and i stand by Ruby Rhod's character! Chris Tucker ran with that role and was awesome. Sorry, Drinker, but i can't agree with u on this one. that's an actor making bold choices and being awesome for it.

  89. colm duggan

    colm duggan

    4 giorni fa

    I would love to see a review of another Luc besson movie Leon the professional

  90. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover

    4 giorni fa

    Ruby....shit character played by an actor with a voice that could crack a pint glass.

  91. NegatveSpace


    4 giorni fa

    5th element is one of the best movies ever. It makes every character memorable, with character and each one is even relevant to the plot, even the girl!

  92. nobodynemoq


    4 giorni fa

    I can't get over it that you didn't mention how good Corben Dallas is at negotiating

  93. Werner Kuntz

    Werner Kuntz

    4 giorni fa

    I tried watching this. I just couldn't. Your voice. It sounds like you are trying to talk and take a shit at the same time.

  94. silverfr3ak


    4 giorni fa

    Anyone remember the Fifth Element game?

  95. heroesytumbas


    4 giorni fa

    0:18 I watched Russian scifi films like Solaris and Stalker a long time ago and found them haunting, but yeah, if you want action look elsewhere.

  96. Quentin Els

    Quentin Els

    4 giorni fa

    This movie is always a fun ride

  97. Predrag Petrovic

    Predrag Petrovic

    4 giorni fa

    I want a prequel about Ruby 🥰

  98. KaeYoss


    4 giorni fa

    I love the 5th element. The plot holes don't matter at all! Whether they are there to lampshade some cliche or just because, they don't detract from the movie at all. It's not that kind of movie. Much like in porn, the story is just a setup for the ride, except instead of fucking, this movie involves a heady mix of badassery, humor, action, and absurdity that is just awesome as fuck. It's full of these "little things", ideas, lines, scenes that make you smile, or rather grin like an idiot. Whether it's Chekov's Gun subverted by an actual gun, Dallas's "negotiation" methods, or that "timers" scene. And the characters are portrayed perfectly. Played to the hilt. Sure, it doesn't explore the depths of the human condition, but that's not a bad thing. Not all sci fi has to. This film is silly, but it manages to be good at it, something that so often falls flat and just becomes cringeworthy.

  99. KaeYoss


    4 giorni fa

    Zork was a phenomenal character. I mean, you take the typical evil villain and give him THAT accent. It's just ridiculous, like most of this movie, which was what made the movie so great.

  100. protoman1214


    4 giorni fa

    This is the closest a movie has come to something I could see happening in the same universe as Cowboy Bebop. That alone makes it something really special.

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