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.
In the Century XVIII, 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.
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The first thing I want to say about this movie is that the visuals are absolutely insane! It's really a joy to watch, the aliens are extremely well made and the first scene is just gorgeous!
The story is predictable, but can keep you interested for most of the time. The main problem was the way things are explained, it's like the movie think that the viewers are not intelligent enough, and many times I found myself saying "well that was obvious". There are some scenes that have zero impact on the story, and they give you nothing interesting. I really wanted to know more about this world, about the species, but sadly that didn't happen.
The dialog is good but nothing exiting, sometimes they say the same stuff over and over and you may find yourself thinking "we get it, move on", and it's really cheesy at some points.
The acting is very good, the chemistry between Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne is great, and overall all the cast delivers.
This movie wasn't something amazing as I thought it would be judging by the trailers, but I still enjoyed it very much, the actions scenes were great and the humor was on point most of the time. I won't recommend this for those who look for something clever with breathtaking twists, but for those who enjoy solid acting, nice story and amazing visuals, this movie is definitely recommended.
Thanks for reading!
Reviewed by MovieLord235 / 10
Visually stimulating, but it limps along with its script
Luc Besson's The Fifth Element has gained a cult following due to its weird story and out there set designs. Now Besson is tackling another wacky space opera type movie with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets which is a graphic novel that was an inspiration for Star Wars. Now we did have a similar scenario with John Carter as an inspiration for multiple films receiving a modern film adaptation after many films have been released that have taken inspiration out of it. There is the danger of it feeling cliché despite the age of the source material, but the result results in a gorgeous looking movie with a weak script and characters.
Good: The main draw are the visuals and they are wonderful. The world that is displayed looks lived in and fascinating with its technology and alien beings. The CG is well rendered and explodes with an array of colors. The action scenes are fun with a good dose of creativity such as an multi-dimensional chase scene in the beginning of the movie. Rihanna also receives what could possibly be the best scene in the movie that is both creative and fun.
Bad: The script is the biggest detriment to this whole movie. The attempts of humor are lame with unfunny jokes and banter that barely warrants a laugh. The script also adds some cheesy lines that are more eye rolling than cheeky fun. Dane DeHaan as Valerian is miscast because I just can't believe him as this super soldier. He also puts on a tough guy voice that is annoying. Cara Delevingne has a better character, but she's also fairly wooden. This means there is no chemistry between them thus making the banter ineffective. Like I mentioned earlier, the story showing its age because other movies released since the graphic novel has shown the same elements and pulled them off later.
Overall, this movie could've been fun. It has the visuals and the action, but the script and characters were way too weak to match the surreal world. It is good for a rental, but I say stick to The Fifth Element.
Reviewed by tony-clifton10 / 10
Although I too enjoy super hero movies, action movies blah blah - they are getting tired. Good directors can get the pacing, directing and acting so right that the same-ol story can be told while still be entertaining. Especially in science fiction, it seems there are no original ideas any more.
Then comes along Valerian - WOW! What a refreshing and imaginative world they've developed and an exciting movie they've created! The trailers truly do not do this movie justice. I watched this movie just for Luc Besson, because the trailer made the movie look like the usual Hollywood drivel. What I got instead was an extremely pleasing and original story that was superbly executed.
What I love about the movie is that the plot isn't your typical sci-fi plot. It plays like a detective story intermingled with action and amazing visuals, culminating in a very satisfying ending that made me yearn for sequels to learn more about the universe Besson has created.
Well done! This movie deserves to live on! Watch it in the theaters and be thrilled!