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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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21 July 2017 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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With a final production budget of EUR197.47 million, around $210 million in United States currency, the film is officially the most expensive ever made in France, significantly exceeding the budget of the previous record holder, Astérix aux jeux olympiques (2008), which cost EUR102 million ($113 million). Twenty years earlier, director Luc Besson made The Fifth Element (1997), which was the most expensive French movie at the time with a budget of EUR90 million ($100 million). See more »

Goofs

When Sergeant Laureline finds Major Valerian after the chase she comes to an edge of sulfur shaft. Her toes are over the edge in the next shot she is about 10 centimeters away from the edge. See more »

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Bubble: I leave you my Kingdom, take good care of it.
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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 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) See more »

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(Bob Marley)
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Publishing Blue Mountain Music Ltd
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd
(p) 1984 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
With courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Film & TV and Tuff Gong International (Jamaica)
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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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