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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Major Valerian
... Sergeant Laureline
... Commander Arun Filitt
... Bubble
... Jolly the Pimp
... Defence Minister
... Sergeant Neza
... General Okto-Bar
... Bob the Pirate
... President of the World State Federation
... Captain Crowford
... Captain Norton
... Captain Welcoming Mercurys
... Captain Welcoming Palm Müret
... Captain Welcoming Arysum (as Benoit Jacquot)
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Storyline

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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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$177,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,007,624, 23 July 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,479,370, 21 September 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,874,228, 31 December 2017
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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

Planets are identified as being in a 'Constellation' followed by a three digit code. Constellations are patches of sky as viewed from Earth. They contain unrelated stars and galaxies.

Having 'sectors' as in Star Trek would make much more sense. See more »

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[first lines]
President of the World State Federation: [broadcast appearance] The Alpha intergalactic space station has reached critical mass in orbit. Its weight and size now poses a serious threat to mother Earth. In its great wisdom, the Central Committee has decided to use all resources necessary to release the space station from Earth's gravity. Its new course is set with the Magellan Current. Like the great explorer Magellan, the Alpha station will journey into the unknown. The symbol of our values and knowledge, it will carry a ...
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Stomp & Swing
(Guy Barker (as Guy Jeffrey Barker))
Performed by Guy Barker (as Guy Jeffrey Barker)
(p) & (c) Bruton Music Ltd
With courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music France
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Wrong actors in a otherwise good movie
12 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

As always Luc Besson makes a visual outstanding movie. The effects are like the best sci fi flicks and for that alone the movie is worth watching.

The story might not be the best, but what really is negative about this space adventure is the casting, especially the lead characters. Who really believe Valerian is a man hero, a military major when he looks like a 50kg high school boy? I know I dont. And there are other characters who are really misplaced and dont seem to know the art of acting at all. You just dont believe in them.

I would say Luc Besson had all his directing skills focused on the effects of the film, and left the (bad) actors to do what they pleased without any focus on making the characters believable.

I hope I'll never see Dane DeHaan act ever again.. The CGI characters have better acting than him and Cara Delevingne.

The reason for me giving 7 stars is because of the visual universe Luc Besson created, it's really great. If you dont care about bad casting and bad acting this film is entertaining and well made.


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