Luc Besson's The Fifth Element Returns to Theaters for 20th Anniversary

During this special event, audiences will also get a sneak peek at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
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Get your multipasses ready, The Fifth Element fans. Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are bringing Luc Besson’s cult classic back to the big screen for two days in May to celebrate its 20th anniversary. In addition to this special 4K restoration of the film, all attendees will get a pre-recorded introduction from Besson himself about the film’s anniversary, and there will also be an exclusive look at his next feature, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. That film, which stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne, is scheduled for release on July 21.

The 20th anniversary rerelease of The Fifth Element will play Sunday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 17, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. local time. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or your local theater box office.

Set in 2263, a down-on-his-luck New York City taxi driver named Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) has an orange-haired woman named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) literally crash land into his cab. She doesn’t speak a lick of English, but it turns out that she is the key to stopping the imminent destruction that is about to hit Earth. With the evil Zorg (Gary Oldman) and his gang of Mangalores chasing Leeloo, Korben realizes that he must protect her at all costs and retrieve four other elements in order to save humanity.

While it may not have been a major box office success during its initial release, The Fifth Element has gone on to earn a strong fan base and rightfully so. Despite its simplistic premise, the film never takes itself too seriously and is filled with many memorable and humorous lines, thrilling action sequences, and fun performances from Willis, Oldman, and everyone else involved. It’s certainly worth watching more than once and certainly worthy of checking out on the big screen.

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