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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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Captain Welcoming Arysum (as Benoit Jacquot)
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In the Century XXVIII, the space station Alpha is a city where beings from different planets live together exchanging their knowledge and culture. Peace is granted by a human force, including Major Valerian and his partner Sergeant Laureline. They are assigned by the Defence Minister to retrieve the last species of converter in a dangerous mission. They succeed and back to Alpha, unknown humanoids abduct Commander Arun Filitt expecting to steal the converter. They head to a forbidden area that is infected but Valerian and Laureline follow them and disclose a hidden secret about the race and the infected area. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits. See more »


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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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21 July 2017 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$177,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,007,624 (USA) (23 July 2017)

Gross:

$40,479,370 (USA) (21 September 2017)
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Trivia

The main storyline is loosely based on "Ambassador of the Shadows", the sixth album in the comic book series. This was also the first Valerian story to be translated in English. See more »

Goofs

Valerian, Laureline, and Bubble crash into a hallway from a trash chute. In the trash are skulls. The horns on one of the skulls flop around as Valerian gets up. See more »

Quotes

Igon Siruss: I'm fighting for a noble cause, too. Mine.
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The subtitle of this film, (City of a Thousand Planets,) is an amalgam of the titles of the first two Valerian comics, "City of Shifting Waters," and "Empire of a Thousand Planets." See more »

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References The Fifth Element (1997) See more »

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We Trying To Stay Alive
(Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Pras Michel (as Michel Prakazrel), Wyclef Jean & John Forte)
Performed by Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars
Sampling "Stayin' Alive" performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of Barry Gibb, The Estate of Robin Gibb and Yvonne Gibb, under exclusive license to Capitol Music Group Brothers Music (BMI), The Estates of Robin Gibb & Yvonne Gibb, all rights administered for the World by Universal
All Rights on Behalf of Crompton Songs Administered by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
With courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France and Universal Music Publishing Film & TV
(p) 1997 Sony BMG Music entertainment
With courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment France
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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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