YMMV / The Fifth Element

  • Memetic Mutation
    • Leeloo Dallas Moool-tii-paass!
    • Aziz, LIGHT!!
    • "Green?" "Supergreen."
    • "Anyone else want to negotiate?"
  • Narm: Leeloo being pushed over the edge into thinking Humans Are Bastards by a shot of a nuclear explosion. It loses a lot of power when you realize: A. She has absolutely no context for what the image means, and B. Seeing as it was filmed in the first place, it's probably just a test. A large part of the narm comes from the confusion as to how the hell hasn't she heard of war before?. She's in the W letter of her encyclopedia, so presummably she's already learned the words "Battle" "Bomb" "Nuclear" "Atom" "Radiation" "Massacre" "Slaughter" "Soldier" "Gun" "Bullet" "Missile" and a pretty long list of warfare-related words that by all means should have familiarized her with war before.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The alien opera Diva.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: A spectacular example. The Fifth Element PS1 game by the creators of Nightmare Creatures landed on several worst-of lists that year. It got the first half-disc out of five rating in the Official US PlayStation Magazine. Also counts as a Porting Disaster since the PC version got much better reviews.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Korben's response to Leelo's Heroic BSOD about why life is worth saving in spite of things like war.
  • Special Effects Failure: The "unbreakable" glass container Leeloo breaks out of clearly has a nice circle of breakaway glass, visible for at least a second before she actually punches it.
    • The black stuff running down Zorg's head is creepy and all, but it really looks like chocolate syrup (or barbecue sauce), especially when smeared.
    • The wall Leeloo jumps through after the bit with the glass above is clearly tin foil painted bronze.
    • Diva is clearly someone just wearing a bodysuit. The swirly back-of-headpiece moves a lot whenever she moves, making it look more like a foam hat than a body part.
  • What an Idiot: No one thinks to tell the police that they are chasing an incredibly valuable lab subject that needs to be preserved. As a consequence she is nearly killed when a trigger-happy cop duo decides to shoot Corben's car down on the mere suspicion of being a car thief.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Tiny Lister, President of the World? And he doesn't get a scene with Chris Tucker?