MOVIE REVIEWS - 1997
There was plenty to like about 1997...
Great Science Fiction, awesome Action movies and some pretty decent Horror efforts.
EVENT HORIZON wasn't universally liked when it was released, but, over the years, the film's reputation has grown and it's now regarded as an excellent blend of Science Fiction and Horror. Essentially, it's a Haunted House story set aboard a derelict spacecraft.
Paul Verhoeven's STARSHIP TROOPERS remains a divisive film...
Some love it, some loathe it, mailnly for its politics. Vehoeven manages to keep much of the novel's Fascist overtones and applies his signature visual style, revisiting and improving upon the approach he took with ROBOCOP (1987), a decade prior.
The most original and entertaining film to be released in 1997 was Luc Besson's THE FIFTH ELEMENT.
Starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Rock, Luke Perry & Brion James, the film is a wonderful mix of Science Fiction tropes held together by Willis, who, by this stage of his career, had learned to balance the wise-cracking with an easy, naturalisitc approach to performance. It's one of his most low-key performances in a film, but also one of his best.
The film's spectacle is created by the grandiose sets and the outrageous costumes by world-reknowned fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.
At its core, THE FIFTH ELEMENT is a story about the meaning of love and its importance in the fabric of the universe.
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