It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend some quality viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s The Fifth Element.

1997 was an incredible year for great movies, From Men in Black to Titanic, and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery to Con Air. Nestled amongst them all, an action/sci-fi adventure flick called The Fifth Element from Luc Besson surprised most everybody with just how completely brilliant it was.

The future-based tale of a taxi driver and a mysterious fare that pretty much falls into his lap and who holds the key to the world’s safety – as well as a Multi Pass – it had wild special effects, wild characters and was, simply, a wild time. It was basically to Star Wars like the Pixies were to Roxette – an ace alternative to that which was good, but more mainstream.

The Fifth Element

Four reasons why The Fifth Element rocks

1. Bruce Willis in wise-quippin’ Die Hard mode (except this time the singlet’s orange).

2. Milla Jovovich an utter joy as Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat – or, more helpfully, ‘Leeloo’ (except this time the hair’s orange).

3. Chris Tucker in his best-suited and funniest role ever (this time with hairdryer-shaped hair).

4. It’s an absolute milestone in sci-fi moviemaking that broadened the appeal of the genre beyond its usual fanbase.

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Check out STACK‘s other Friday Flick recommendations here.