Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a futuristic scientific fiction about Valerian and Laureline who are charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories in the universe in the 28th century. The Minister of Defense assigned them an operation to embark on a mission to the city of Alpha, a city of a thousand planets, metropolis that is ever expanding where species from all over the universe have converged over time to share their knowledge, intelligence and their culture with each other.

Valerian and Laureline were sent to Alpha to fix a problem; a dark force is threatening the peaceful existence of Alpha and they must find out and identify the dark force and safeguard Alpha and the future of the universe.

Valerian has magnificent production design and special effects but the plot and storytelling are wanting. Like The Fifth Element which is directed by the same director, Valerian is not to be watch for its storytelling but should be watch for its style and production design. It may not have great lines but with humor injected to the lines, it is funny and it is not a bore to watch.

It does not have the finesse of other great futuristic scientific fiction movies but it is still a joy to watch; good special effects but the plot is uninteresting. It is visually stunning an eye candy, more on style not on content.

Dane Dehaan as Valerian did a terrible job, he is very still and emotionless; he is not suitable for the character. Cara DeLavingne is much better but they do not have chemistry; Rihanna should keep her day job. The movie would have been a notch better if they have chosen the right actors.

It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian, Cara Delavingne as Laureline, Rihanna as Bubble, Clive Owen as Commander Filitt and Ethan Hawke as Jolly the Pimp. Directed and written by Luc Besson from Europa and STX Films.

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19 Responses to Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets

  1. I don’t understand why critics did not like the movie, the special effects alone is worth the movie entrance cost.

  2. jakeaniston says:

    The chemistry or lack of chemistry between the main characters sank this movie.

  3. franksmith5 says:

    I don’t understand how critics did not like this movie, the cinematography and special effects alone are worth watching this movie. Sometimes critics don’t get it.

  4. lovesfoodgal says:

    The movie may have been good if not for the 2 leads, very stylish visuals and Rihanna is great too. I disagree with the author of this review, Rihanna is great.

  5. I havn’t seen a movie where the main characters have no chemistry on screen as the two main characters in Valerian. The movie is not bad at all just the choice of the actors playing the lead characters.

  6. Not sure what critics are talking about Valerian is a great movie.

  7. kellyball102 says:

    Besides the visuals, this is a horrible movie.

  8. georgenom says:

    F…. the critics Valerian is great!

  9. Besides the chemistry or lack thereof between the main characters everything is awesome, great visuals, production design and plot. Best sci-fi this year so far.

  10. simonball01 says:

    This is one good sci-fi and I don’t care what critics say, don’t care what they think of the movie I love it.

  11. simonmooes8 says:

    The acting is horrible specially Dane Dehaan, he has no emotion at all so monotonous, Rihanna? OMG she should quit acting and concentrate in singing.

  12. Really surprised with the low ratings but if you are a fan of SF you will love Valerian. Not as great as Fifth Element but it will still blow your mind it is a beautiful movie. Love Rihanna and her part.

  13. milawilson300 says:

    Although visuals are good, overall it is one of the worst movie I have seen this year. It is a mell, the dialogues are so bad and terrible.

  14. linhosmond says:

    The biggest problem with Valerian is the main characters lack of chemistry and connection looks like the two will have a fight and hit each other after filming a scene, no chemistry at all.

  15. maryday93 says:

    I don’t care what critics say about Valerian I love it and will watch it over and over. One day this will become a cult classic movie. Very surprised with all the bad reviews from critics which is b.s. Its critics that kill great movies like this.

  16. Most movie made by Luc Besson like Fifth Element was has been very good with great acting, magnificent and amazing visuals, and very good story telling.This one, however, is super bad and a stinker don’t really know what happened to this one.

    One redeeming item with Valerian is the magnificent production design, it is very stylish.

  17. The special effects are awesome and amazing I loved this movie.

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