Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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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.


6.5/10
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28 March 2018 | aquascape
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| It's not The Fifth Element
When I heard Luc Besson was going to work on a space opera, I immediately hoped it would be like "The Fifth Element" but with a little bit more complexity that would turn into a franchise. Unfortunately, I was mislead by my own hopes and expectations.

For an international French movie, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is a very ambitious project that was covered by an astonishing $200 million budget. Certainly, it has Luc Besson attached to write and direct and it is based on a famous long-running French comic-book series, so how can it go wrong? Well, many elements added to this dull but persistent aching after watching the whole film.

First of all, 6/10 is a high rating for it, but to my reason it had stunning visual effects for a non-Hollywood or British movie and that is a remarkable thing to accomplish. It's not always easy to face-up against giants when it comes to the CGI business. Secondly, you could sense Besson's sci-fi additions with many quirky technological advancements in terms of guns or gadgets and small things like that make a true science-fiction film to me.

"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as two Special operatives who must stop evil-doers from destroying Alpha, the city of a thousand planets, and uncover the truth behind the extinction of an alien race. Right off the bat you could tell that the chemistry between DeHaan and Delevingne didn't exist and it stayed that way until the end of the picture. I personally think that Dane DeHaan has potential, but it was clear that this set was not suitable for him. The casting really missed this one. The script didn't help either, at times making me question how some parts of the dialogue were ever spoken out loud. With the right casting and script this movie could have been worth something.

This concludes another recent attempt at the space opera genre, after The Wachowskis' "Jupiter Ascending", and it turns out that a space opera needs time and preparation to do it right and not rush development.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Valerian is in Big Market and a wanted notice is released, the bounty hunter that follows Valerian is at a bar named "Korben's". Korben Dallas is the name of the character Bruce Willis played in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element (1997).


Quotes

President of the World State Federation: 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 ...


Goofs

When Valerian breaks through Gate 81, he begins "falling in space". This is not possible, as there is no gravity in space. Even if Alpha was large enough to create gravity, he would not fall.


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."


Soundtracks

We Trying To Stay Alive
(
Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Pras Michel (as Michel Prakazrel), Wyclef Jean & John Forte)
Performed by Wyclef Jean feat. Refugee Allstars
Sampling "Stayin' Alive" performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of Barry Gibb, The Estate of Robin Gibb and Yvonne Gibb, under exclusive license to Capitol Music Group Brothers Music (BMI), The Estates of Robin Gibb & Yvonne Gibb, all rights administered for the World by Universal
All Rights on Behalf of Crompton Songs Administered by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
With courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France and Universal Music Publishing Film & TV
(p) 1997 Sony BMG Music entertainment
With courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment France

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Plot Summary


Genres

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

21 July 2017

Language

English, French


Country of Origin

France, China, Belgium, Germany, United Arab Emirates, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, Thailand

Filming Locations

Studios de Paris, La Cité du Cinéma, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

Box Office

Budget:

$177,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,007,624 23 July 2017

Gross USA:

$41,189,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,973,340

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