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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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Luc Besson

Writers:

Pierre Christin (based on the comic book series "Valerian and Laureline" by), Jean-Claude Mézières (based on the comic book series "Valerian and Laureline" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane DeHaan ... Major Valerian
Cara Delevingne ... Sergeant Laureline
Clive Owen ... Commander Arun Filitt
Rihanna ... Bubble
Ethan Hawke ... Jolly the Pimp
Herbie Hancock ... Defence Minister
Kris Wu ... Sergeant Neza
Sam Spruell ... General Okto-Bar
Alain Chabat ... Bob the Pirate
Rutger Hauer ... President of the World State Federation
Peter Hudson ... Captain Crowford
Xavier Giannoli ... Captain Norton
Louis Leterrier ... Captain Welcoming Mercurys
Eric Rochant ... Captain Welcoming Palm Müret
Benoît Jacquot ... Captain Welcoming Arysum (as Benoit Jacquot)
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Storyline

In the twenty-eighth century, 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 (Dane DeHaan) and his partner Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne). They are assigned by the Defense Minister (Herbie Hancock) to retrieve the last species of converter in a dangerous mission. They succeed and back to Alpha, unknown humanoids abduct Commander Arun Filitt (Clive Owen) 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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Trivia

Although director Luc Besson stated (in the special features on the Blu-ray) that the Big Market sequence was written into the "Ambassador of the Shadows" story, the sequence was actually taken from "Empire of a Thousand Planets", which is the second volume in the "Valérian and Laureline" comics on which the film is based and is where the movie's title comes from. In "Empire of a Thousand Planets", Laureline buys an old Earth pocket watch, which sets in motion the rest of the strip's story. 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.

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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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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 The Fifth Element (1997) See more »

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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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It's not The Fifth Element
28 March 2018 | by aquascapeSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$177,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,007,624, 23 July 2017

Gross USA:

$41,189,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,874,228
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