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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

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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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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21 July 2017 (USA)  »

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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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Director Luc Besson chose not to shoot the movie in 3-D since 3-D cameras are too heavy for his style of filming, like running behind an actor or unusual angles of filming. See more »

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The station is moved away from Earth because its gravity is having an effect. The only effect it could have is a tidal effect, and this seems unlikely given its relatively small size compared to the moon. Putting it into an orbit round the moon would be an easy fix since the combined mass would be only negligibly larger. Another easy fix would be to move to a new location at the L2 or L3 Lagrange points (L2=behind the moon, L3=opposite the Earth [behind the sun]) and drop a satellite at the L3 or L4 points to retain contact with Earth. (The Lagrange points are where gravity effects cancel each other out in a 2 body system [Earth/Moon, Sun/planet, etc]) See more »

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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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References Cabaret (1972) See more »

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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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Eye Candy Only
25 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I have never written a movie review in my life but I was so outraged after taking my family and some friends to see Valerian I have decided to try and save some other poor soul from falling for the special effects trap. I must admit the beautiful visual effects of this movie drew me in like the blue glow of a bug zapper.

The visual effects were stunning and the race of people central to the plot were well crafted and engaging. But when the CGI characters deliver more believable and emotional performances than the actors, you know your in trouble.

Dane Dehaan is terrible. I don't think I have ever seen him before but, he sounds like he is trying to give his best Keanu Reeves impression. If that is his natural voice I feel for him, because it sounds forced and at times comical.

The two leads do nothing to draw you into the story and not once did I feel there was any chemistry between the two actors. Delevingne comes across as an annoying B and you never find yourself hoping the two leads will work out their differences. I simply did not care about these people.

Slick visuals and special effects cannot carry a movie alone, you still need dialogue, good actors to project chemistry and emotion that draw you into the story.

I guess what I learned from this experience is not to be fooled by the special effects and wait for week two or three before spending over $80.

You can polish a turd all you want, in the end it's still a turd.


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