Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
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A waste of 90 minutes of my life
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
Strong acting helps the film overcome an uncertain premise and create characters that hold our attention absolutely.
Do you know what you're talking about? No! If you don't LIKE the way somebody looks and behaves that does NOT equal that she or he is a bad actor. To make one thing clear: I also think that Cara and Dane are miscast, but not because they are bad actors (they clearly aren't) but they don't fit the roles. I was an avid Valerian & Laureline reader in the 80's and would have imagined other people in the two lead roles, but that's not even the point. The point is: Cara and Dane are simply too young, and you don't need to know the comic book to find that annoying. Even assuming that mankind has evolved in 400 years and younger people are more developped from early on, this is the wrong kind of a big stretch. They are no agents left with a ship and responsibilities like that. I can't shake the feeling that they were simply cast to appeal to a younger audience. But back to the point: Calling Cara's acting wooden or robotic or neglecting chemistry between the two of them is downright stupid. Portraying Laureline that way was a deliberate choice between Besson and Cara, and you can criticize that decision, but it does not warrant calling her a bad actress. Get your facts right, all you hobbyist reviewers. Cara is not even my type (yes, that's possible), but I was fascinated watching her all the way through BECAUSE she did a great job and has something that keeps your attention. THAT'S what makes a good actor, and not the ability of pulling faces.But the too-young leads are about my main problem with the film. Yes, one could say that the Rihanna setpiece serves no real purpose, but the dance sequence is SO well done in every aspect that it makes up for that.Anyway, this film surpasses all the last Star Wars installments since 1999. Give it a chance. Sit back and enjoy a classic space opera, even when it's not "The Fifth Element". But who compares anyway? It's a film in its own right! rent it, buy the disc, let it earn its budget back so we can have a sequel (there's material enough for 20 sequels) and watch John Goodman's character come back. Nuff said.
Ignore the "professional" reviews. More often than not, big studios financially influence reviewers to inflate their reviews to drive sales for their mainstream bullshit and quash any independent films that rival them. This movie is really good. The visuals and the creative imagination gone into it are something that demand respect and awe. Far better than anything else I've seen. They may even surpass the likes of Star trek and star wars. The story-telling is very tolerable in that it's pretty generic but it does have some uniqueness to it. I can't believe some reviewers called it "awful". That's a really strong word. This movie is definitely worth watching. This movie is more a 7.5 - 7.9. I gave it 10 so it can just a little closer to the rating it actually deserves. It's an indie people! C'mon! This is impressive for an indie.
Visually beautiful but apart from that, it felt like it was conceived, produced and acted by high school kids.This film is about as amateur as it gets, masked by high end special effects!
As a longtime user of IMDB, this is the first time I have felt so compelled to write a review for a movie. Not since the Fifth Element have I seen a sci-fi movie so colourful and different to the norm. I think it's safe to say if you enjoyed Luc Besson's earlier work you will probably enjoy this. If not perhaps look elsewhere. The only part of this movie that leaves anything to be desired is the acting of the stars, however I wouldn't say it's terrible, it's just not anywhere approaching Oscar worthy. Overall I for one loved this film.