Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets

DVD - 2017
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In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha. A mystery is at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the city.

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reypotter06
Apr 22, 2018

Dumb and pointless

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Gwen904
Apr 20, 2018

I agree with LoganHobo78, Kirsty_Pi, GeorgeH131, and Maoisdead. A visually beautiful film, 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' could have been great. But the characters were lame and immoral and the plot was confusing and nonsensical. There was no romantic chemistry between Valerian and Laureline. The acting was terrible. I give one star for visual graphics and one star for cool world building—and that's being generous. I feel like I wasted a couple of hours on this truly terrible film.

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LoganHobo78
Apr 06, 2018

Dane DeHaan his woefully miscast as the hero of this sci-fi action flick from Luc Besson. Valerian is written as a handsome, hunky man of action. Two words that DO NOT come to mind when you say Dane DeHaan are "handsome" and "hunky"; scrawny and creepy are more like it. Lines like, "Think you can survive five minutes without me?" are laughable coming out of his mouth. There is NO chemistry between the leads. Instead of playful flirting, most of the lines Cara Delevingne delivers feel laced with real contempt. Also, who did the hair on this film? Both leads have greasy, unwashed hair throughout. It's gross!

It's too bad because there's some very interesting, richly drawn world-building in this. The CGI is excellent, and the universe is populated with unique characters. Unfortunately, the leads are dull and wooden, and the story lacks compelling stakes, so it's not really worth the 2.5hr investment.

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Kirsty_Pi
Mar 22, 2018

This was a visually beautiful movie with a great plot idea but the execution and dialogue were absolutely terrible. I like strong characters but the female lead was horrid and unlikable. I like smooth-talking characters who eventually learn to value the heart but the male lead remained pretty unlikable throughout and didn't learn much. I trudged through to the end because not ALL of the movie was terrible but it felt akin to wading through sewerage to find gold nuggets.

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LauraSteinert
Mar 21, 2018

Hilarious. The first time I saw it, I tried to take it seriously and didn't get it. The second time I watched it as an homage and a tongue in cheek comment on sci-fi and laughed the whole way through. (Director has a weird thing about women stretching their arms over their heads. maybe he thinks it is sexy??)

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pchow2ca
Mar 18, 2018

Beautiful scenery and well made. Not sure why so many negative comments. I like this much better than any Star War.

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Shellie1_us
Mar 03, 2018

Not a great movie. Beautifully filmed, and special effects. No chemistry between the main couple. Rihanna was surprisingly good in her role.

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saundersfrederick
Mar 03, 2018

It's a Sci-Fi Action Caper Comedy people, lighten up, jeesh! (Think '5th Element', 'Guardians Of The Galaxy') I watched it alone at 2AM with a couple of glasses of wine after working late. Eye Candy,i.e.,amazing, imaginative and well executed costume, creature and set designs, 'just go with it' convoluted story and character relationships. Entertaining if you value some esoteric mindless escapism on occasion.

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Maoisdead
Feb 26, 2018

It's very difficult to like a movie when you hate the main characters within 5 mins of meeting them. I am struggling to find anything good to say about this movie, the creature and mechanical designs were interesting, but that wasn't enough to save the movie, it was terrible...and I am pretty forgiving when it comes to science fiction and fantasy.

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mr_chocolate
Feb 26, 2018

I like this film based on the French graphic novels from 1967. I found the actors having a chemistry together and liked the strength of the women special agent partner. I was at first struck with the youth of the two main characters, compared to their "rank" and high regard, with their jobs, but that did not linger, as the story takes place in the 22nd Century.
I found the story and imagination flowed well and the only other slight problem, was that it is an age old story, which borrowed from many different other films.
There is over an hour of special features on the DVD, which talks to the actors, writers, director and other aspects of the film.
Knowing the original date of the story, makes me see that this was a more of a trailblazer, than I had first thought, as film seemed to have borrowed from Star Wars, 5th Element (same director) and Avatar.

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jimg2000
Jan 07, 2018

The mythology of the people on Mül :

Our planet is very beautiful and we live in harmony with the elements. Our activities are fishing and collecting energy. That energy makes fertile soil, control the wind and the waves. Two years we performed on land and sea.
We lived in harmony for centuries. Until doomsday arrives. The sky outside our planet a big battle going on. The war between the two parties, we do not recognize. ...
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Some one liners in IMDb except:
Why don't you think with your heart and not your head for once?
-I don't wanna be another name on your list of conquests. Thank you very much.
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I did learn something.
-What?
I want only your name on my playlist.

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jimg2000
Jan 07, 2018

The city of a thousand planets:
Welcome to Alpha, the city's thousands of planets... growing 7 percent this year. And since its off of the terrestrial orbit, where it's already ventured as far as 700 million miles.
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Nearly 30 million. 3236 species from the four corners of the universe is here. Mixing knowledge and their culture. More than 5000 languages here, and not the language of the computer. Demographics. In the South there is a section setting inhabited 800 species in any type of liquid. Like farmers, who cultivate Polom Cobalt. In the North there is a carbonated areas inhabited by Azimo. That's because sensitivitasnya, they meant the question of Science and molecular components of the nerve. They can makes cells of any kind. To the East, the great Olight colony. They control information technology, finance, and banking. Finally in the West, in a pressurized atmosphere, we have 9 million man and similar species. ...

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Apr 27, 2018

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