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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

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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

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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$177,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,007,624, 23 July 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,189,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,874,228
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Technical Specs

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DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Surround 7.1 | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cara Delevingne announced on social media that filming began on January 4, 2016. See more »

Goofs

General Okto-Bar pronounces the name of the planet Mül several different ways. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Double Down (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Bubble Dance
(Julien Rey)
Performed by Julien Rey
Vocals by Clemence Gabrielidis
Choir Vocals by MUSYCA Children's Choir, Anna Krendel
Produced by DJ Mustard
Recording Sessions Conducted by DJ Mustard
Keyboards by DJ Mustard and Larrance Dopson (as Larrance Dopson)
Mixed by Jérôme Devoise at D.E.S Studio
(p) 2017 Valerian S.A.S.
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Wrong actors in a otherwise good movie
12 February 2018 | by gaute_lieSee all my reviews

As always Luc Besson makes a visual outstanding movie. The effects are like the best sci fi flicks and for that alone the movie is worth watching.

The story might not be the best, but what really is negative about this space adventure is the casting, especially the lead characters. Who really believe Valerian is a man hero, a military major when he looks like a 50kg high school boy? I know I dont. And there are other characters who are really misplaced and dont seem to know the art of acting at all. You just dont believe in them.

I would say Luc Besson had all his directing skills focused on the effects of the film, and left the (bad) actors to do what they pleased without any focus on making the characters believable.

I hope I'll never see Dane DeHaan act ever again.. The CGI characters have better acting than him and Cara Delevingne.

The reason for me giving 7 stars is because of the visual universe Luc Besson created, it's really great. If you dont care about bad casting and bad acting this film is entertaining and well made.


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