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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Valerian and Laureline

by Pierre Christine

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$177,200,000 (estimated)

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$17,020,000 (USA) (21 July 2017)

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$17,020,000 (USA) (21 July 2017)
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Released in 2017, the year of Valerian's 50th anniversary. See more »

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When Valerian and Laureline are talking. Laureline is not wearing a safety harness, but on the next shot,she is. Cut back to Valerian, and she isn't. They then put on the safety harness she was already wearing. See more »

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References The Fifth Element (1997) See more »

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Bubble Dance
by Julien Rey
Performed by Julien Rey
Vocals by Clemence Gabrielidis
Choir Vocals by Musyca Children's Choir, Anna Krendel
Produced by DJ Mustard
Recording Sessions Conducted by DJ Mustard
Keyboards by DJ Mustard and Larrance Dobson (as Larrance Dopson)
Mixed by Jérôme Devoise at D.E.S Studio
(p) 2017 Valerian S.A.S.
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Visually stimulating, but it limps along with its script
22 July 2017 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

Luc Besson's The Fifth Element has gained a cult following due to its weird story and out there set designs. Now Besson is tackling another wacky space opera type movie with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets which is a graphic novel that was an inspiration for Star Wars. Now we did have a similar scenario with John Carter as an inspiration for multiple films receiving a modern film adaptation after many films have been released that have taken inspiration out of it. There is the danger of it feeling cliché despite the age of the source material, but the result results in a gorgeous looking movie with a weak script and characters.

Good: The main draw are the visuals and they are wonderful. The world that is displayed looks lived in and fascinating with its technology and alien beings. The CG is well rendered and explodes with an array of colors. The action scenes are fun with a good dose of creativity such as an multi-dimensional chase scene in the beginning of the movie. Rihanna also receives what could possibly be the best scene in the movie that is both creative and fun.

Bad: The script is the biggest detriment to this whole movie. The attempts of humor are lame with unfunny jokes and banter that barely warrants a laugh. The script also adds some cheesy lines that are more eye rolling than cheeky fun. Dane DeHaan as Valerian is miscast because I just can't believe him as this super soldier. He also puts on a tough guy voice that is annoying. Cara Delevingne has a better character, but she's also fairly wooden. This means there is no chemistry between them thus making the banter ineffective. Like I mentioned earlier, the story showing its age because other movies released since the graphic novel has shown the same elements and pulled them off later.

Overall, this movie could've been fun. It has the visuals and the action, but the script and characters were way too weak to match the surreal world. It is good for a rental, but I say stick to The Fifth Element.


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