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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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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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$177,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,007,624 (USA) (21 July 2017)

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$38,359,317 (USA) (11 August 2017)
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Valerian is a series of comic books that is a precursor of French science fiction. The first few volumes were published before Star Wars, which in turn got some inspiration from Valerian though it was not acknowledged by Lucas. See more »

Goofs

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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Jolly the Pimp: Rules are rules and this is a place where we make love, not war.
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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 Cabaret (1972) 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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Spectacular SciFi pulls no punches
20 July 2017 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

The first thing you'll observe about Luc Besson's Valerian is how gorgeous it looks, how much work went into the perfect realisation of this world. In a time where nearly every blockbuster features tons of CGI, Valerian stands out and highlights how cheaply the effects are done in most of the other ones.

Next, the sheer inventiveness of designers, artists, set builders, wardrobe and makeup - again, makes us painfully realise how off-the-rack and dull most blockbusters are. Add to that Besson's quirky aesthetics and you're in a world that's nearly overpowering you with its inventiveness, its visual splendour, and also plain fun. I mean, a movie where a Jessica Rabbit cameo doesn't feel forced or out of place, that's just unique.

In my opinion, the optical fireworks were even a bit overdone, some scenes were plainly set up in a certain way to make them more spectacular but didn't really add to the story - an early on action sequence in a half-virtual market comes to mind that would work nearly equally well in a normal bazaar, just without some gags.

As to the story-line - lovers of the books (as I am) will recognise a lot of ingredients and species, and the main set-piece, a space city, is obviously taken from "L'Ambassadeurs des Ombres", but the story itself is a new one and revolves around a planet wiped out in a war about 30 years back, and the repercussions thereof. The "secret" someone wants to keep is not that secret to us, in fact about half an hour into the movie you already have a pretty good idea of what's going on, the joy comes from the detours we're taking on the road to the happy ending, not from silly plot twists.

Now, the characters, Valerian and Laureline: Dane DeHaan looks too young for his part from the comics (where Valerian was the more experienced partner, here he just has a higher degree), Cara Delevingne is perfectly cast, standing her ground with just the right amount of sarcasm and spunk. The team dynamics were as readers know it - Valerian the one who tends to stick to the rules and play by book while Laureline tends to act more impulsively - but both working together really well, be it as a duo or solo. There is a romance angle in the movie that was not taken from the books and feels a bit forced, thankfully it stays marginal and doesn't lessen the overall enjoyment.

And cheers to the screenwriters (Besson, mostly) for not going full in with the stakes. While there's some serious action here - people die and some more might die if V&L didn't succeed - it's actually a rather smallish plot, with just one single villain, and no worlds or even the universe to be saved, just the lives of some innocent bystanders.

Big recommendation for all fans of colourful SciFi and optical fireworks!


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