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Valérian et la Cité des Mille Planètes (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (original title)
Tous publics | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 26 July 2017 (France)
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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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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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$177,200,000 (estimated)

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

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$39,272,263 (USA) (21 August 2017)
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The Welcoming Captains are all directors and/or writers Luc Besson has worked with. See more »

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In the opening scene of the movie an American Apollo and Russian Soyuz craft link up. The distance shot is of the correct two craft but the docking footage is actually from an Apollo command module looking at an Apollo lunar module. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Laureline: Can I help? I'm a good driver.
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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 Qui veut la peau de Roger Rabbit? (1988) See more »

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I Feel Everything
(Cara Delevingne / Pharrell Williams)
Performed by Cara Delevingne
Produced by Pharrell Williams
Recorded by Mike Larson for i am OTHER Entertainment at Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
At Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
2nd Engineer: Ben Sedano
Electric Guitar: Brent Paschke
Editing, Arrangement and Programming: Mike Larson for i am OTHER Entertainment
Mixed by Tony Maserati at Mirrorball Studios, North Hollywood, CA.
Mastered by David Kutch (as Dave Kutch) at The Mastering Palace, NYC.
(c) 2017 More Water from Nazareth / EMI Pop Music Publishing / Lions Den Music
With courtesy of EMI Music Publishing France
(p) 2017 Valerian S.A.S. / Talamasca, Inc.
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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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