The Fifth Element
Directed by Luc Besson this Sci-Fi extravaganza stars Bruce Willis as a futuristic flying taxi driver (decked out in trademark white vest) accidentally caught up in fighting an alien plot to destroy the world its only salvation a beautiful young girl (Milla Jovovich wearing some pieces of white tape) and the mysterious fifth element. Gary Oldman goes nicely over the top as a super baddie with silly make-up and Chris Tucker is scarily annoying (but then he always is) as his henchman. Lots of decent action sequences, and plenty of Sci Fi hokum make this Special Edition a must have for fans of the genre.
Where Alien opted for a tense growing sense of hidden menace to produce the frights, Aliens instead went for a more gun-ho and explosive approach to the series. It could have been a disaster, but instead James Camerons gamble paid off big time. One of the few sequels to match and even better the original (a debate forever raging) the story consists of our heroine Ripley accompanying a group of hard-ass space marines to a planet colony that may just have had a visit from our acid-blooded friends. Pretty soon the humans find themselves out of their depth having vastly underestimated the power of the extraterrestrials (despite Ripleys stringent warnings) You can read it as an allegory of Vietnam, or just take it as an intense shoot em up action flick- either way it really is an outstanding piece of cinema. Game over man, game over.
A team of civilian divers working on a prototype underwater oil-drilling rig are coerced by the US Navy into helping them look for a lost nuclear submarine. Whilst in deep water the Navy supervisor has paranoid ideas about what they've found in the Abyss. Until the aliens start to appear...
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