Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets

DVD - 2017
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In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline 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. A mystery is at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the city.

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humbleworm
Sep 30, 2018

On its own, the acting seems a bit stilted but that matches the style of the highly influential series of graphic novels (dating back to 1967) it was based on. The special effects are good and the "big market" is particularly prescient. It is also worth noting that, despite no mention in the film title and a "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) ending, the strong female lead Laureline is portrayed as equal to and at times more competent than Valerian.

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viccmc
Sep 02, 2018

Supreme visual effects throughout the movie. Story is interesting. I think the acting of the two main characters is good enough, as the overall movie is quite enjoyable.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 19, 2018

If you've seen "The Fifth Element," you kinda know what to expect from the unstoppable French hackmeister Luc Besson, who has perfected a maximalist, beat you into submission style that keeps Michael Bay awake at night. Valerian is an intergalactic secret agent. . .Mon dieu, I thought you were interested in the plot! I'll say this, I wasn't bored. The leads have the charisma of a sofa left out on the curb. I'm not sure who convinced Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke to show up. If you liked "Jupiter Ascending," you'll love this. Trigger warning: It may scorch your retinas.

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BrandonBlanchard
Jul 09, 2018

This was really a let down. Based on a French comic, just about everything came together to make this movie happen. The CGI is impressive, the concept is great, the supporting cast does a splendid job, and it's eye-catching all the time... except for the protagonists. I don't know how or why, but they somehow found the most unlikable male and female to lead this movie, and they single-handedly drag down what would otherwise be a memorable movie.

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wtf_this_sucks
Jul 08, 2018

Honestly, the only reason my star rating is 2.5 is Bubble and the great CGI, venues costumes.
Otherwise, the 2 main characters - their acting was very flat and unfeeling.

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weeksworld
Jul 02, 2018

A critic best described this movie as "2+ hours wasted that you won't get back". Luc Besson's previous characters (Leeloo, Nikita, Korben Dallas, Ruby Rhod) were all bigger than life, energetic, 3 dimensional characters with flaws and heart. Laureline and Valerian could have been acted by robots ... wait! I think they were. The great CGI, the plot, the quirky venue and all the exposure just can't make up for the feeling the audience has for the main characters which is ... meh! Have L & V crushed by a Glamopod and Rihanna (Bubble) save the day would have made for a far better movie. I look forward to not seeing DeHaan and Delevingne in anything ever again.

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chaliser
Jun 27, 2018

Thought it was hoot. Plus VERY creative in the face of it pulling in a little '5th Element,' Star Wars, et-Famous-cetera. Agree with/Like comments by LauraSteinert, pchow2ca, saundersfrederick, mr_chocolate... Warning: If you feel insulted by anything with a little compassion showed toward those a little different than yourself, your self-image is going to hate this. ;-)

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reypotter06
Apr 22, 2018

Dumb and pointless

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Gwen904
Apr 20, 2018

I agree with LoganHobo78, Kirsty_Pi, GeorgeH131, and Maoisdead. A visually beautiful film, 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' could have been great. But the characters were lame and immoral and the plot was confusing and nonsensical. There was no romantic chemistry between Valerian and Laureline. The acting was terrible. I give one star for visual graphics and one star for cool world building—and that's being generous. I feel like I wasted a couple of hours on this truly terrible film.

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LoganHobo78
Apr 06, 2018

Dane DeHaan his woefully miscast as the hero of this sci-fi action flick from Luc Besson. Valerian is written as a handsome, hunky man of action. Two words that DO NOT come to mind when you say Dane DeHaan are "handsome" and "hunky"; scrawny and creepy are more like it. Lines like, "Think you can survive five minutes without me?" are laughable coming out of his mouth. There is NO chemistry between the leads. Instead of playful flirting, most of the lines Cara Delevingne delivers feel laced with real contempt. Also, who did the hair on this film? Both leads have greasy, unwashed hair throughout. It's gross!

It's too bad because there's some very interesting, richly drawn world-building in this. The CGI is excellent, and the universe is populated with unique characters. Unfortunately, the leads are dull and wooden, and the story lacks compelling stakes, so it's not really worth the 2.5hr investment.

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jimg2000
Jan 07, 2018

The mythology of the people on Mül :

Our planet is very beautiful and we live in harmony with the elements. Our activities are fishing and collecting energy. That energy makes fertile soil, control the wind and the waves. Two years we performed on land and sea.
We lived in harmony for centuries. Until doomsday arrives. The sky outside our planet a big battle going on. The war between the two parties, we do not recognize. ...
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Some one liners in IMDb except:
Why don't you think with your heart and not your head for once?
-I don't wanna be another name on your list of conquests. Thank you very much.
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I did learn something.
-What?
I want only your name on my playlist.

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jimg2000
Jan 07, 2018

The city of a thousand planets:
Welcome to Alpha, the city's thousands of planets... growing 7 percent this year. And since its off of the terrestrial orbit, where it's already ventured as far as 700 million miles.
-Population?
Nearly 30 million. 3236 species from the four corners of the universe is here. Mixing knowledge and their culture. More than 5000 languages here, and not the language of the computer. Demographics. In the South there is a section setting inhabited 800 species in any type of liquid. Like farmers, who cultivate Polom Cobalt. In the North there is a carbonated areas inhabited by Azimo. That's because sensitivitasnya, they meant the question of Science and molecular components of the nerve. They can makes cells of any kind. To the East, the great Olight colony. They control information technology, finance, and banking. Finally in the West, in a pressurized atmosphere, we have 9 million man and similar species. ...

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Apr 27, 2018

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