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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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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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21 July 2017 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$177,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$39,272,263 (USA) (21 August 2017)
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Trivia

The futuristic New York City in Luc Besson's previous film The Fifth Element (1997) was visually inspired by "The Circles of Power", the fifteenth volume in the "Valérian and Laureline" comic series. See more »

Goofs

The station is moved away from Earth because its gravity is having an effect. It could only have a tidal effect and this seems unlikely given its relatively small size. Putting it into an orbit round the moon would anyway be an easy fix. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Laureline: It's our mission that doesn't make sense, sir.
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Crazy Credits

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 Cabaret (1972) See more »

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Some Kinda Shuffle
(Don Nelson)
Performed by Don Nelson
With courtesy of Kathy Nelson, Inc.
(c) Don Nelson Music
With courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Film & TV
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More fun than the last five Star Wars films
20 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What if the Star Wars prequels had been handed over to a better director? What if The Force Awakens and Rogue One had aimed at being original and fun science fantasy films rather than just playing on people's nostalgia?

This is what I found myself seeing as I was watching Valerian. A film that made Space Opera's fun and exciting again.

I was surprised by the two leads. The trailers made it feel like we'd be seeing a rehash of the two main leads from Ender's Game but I was surprised at how fun and spunky (and flawed) the two characters were to watch. The romance was not there and it did not need to be there because this film is not a romance nor centered around a romance.

This film is Luc Besson taking what people loved about the Fifth Element and stretching it to the entire movie.

And yes, it is true, it is visually the prettiest movie since Avatar. The kids I took with me to see this film had their eyes on the screen the whole time, no bathroom break, no water break, just a visually mesmerizing film that never tired its audience.

My recommendation is to go see it on the bring screen to experience the marvel of it. It's a shame it is not available in IMAX.


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