The trailers of 'The Fifth Element' and 'The Matrix Revolutions' and how they interest their target audience.

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Trailers advertise a film, using some of the best or most spectacular scenes, often cut at a cliff hanger. Along with scenes there will be music, which can determine the atmosphere of the trailer as tense or relaxed, comic or dramatic. Typically there will be a voice over explaining the plot, but occasionally they are not used because it is not needed, or to create mystery as to what the film is about.

Trailers are used to persuade people to see the film; they are screened normally at cinemas or on television, but sometimes there will be trailers on the radio, using sound bites from the film. As I have explained earlier they will include the best bits to entice the audience more to go and see it.

The films, 'The Fifth Element' and 'The Matrix Revolutions', fall into the science-fiction genre. A classic science-fiction film would incorporate technology not at the current day, thus setting it in the future (but this is not necessarily the case).

This technology could include advanced weaponry, spaceships or robots etc.

In the "Fifth Element" a huge sphere of 'supreme evil' is approaching earth, ready to destroy all life on it. The only thing that can stop it is if four ancient stones of the four elements: earth, wind, water and fire, are united with a mysterious fifth element.

The basic plot in "The Matrix Revolutions" is: humans are faced with a war against robots, which will decide if they live or die. And it is up to Neo to get to the heart of machine city and stop them before the race of humans are totally obliterated.

"The Fifth Element" will be different to "The Matrix Revolutions" because it is set above ground and is a brighter...