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Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets (2017) **REVIEW**

‘Valerian’ being based of a book it’s hard making films from a book. Pressure is on for the fans will be the real critics. I haven’t read the book because I don’t read that much. As I have seen different reviews of the movie I thought to see it for myself and see of they are right.

In the beginning when City of Thousand Planets was just a regular satellite in space, it merged with others to and with time most nations from Earth had merged. Shortly after that, other life signs started showing up and they merged too. But one problem emerged, It started to become large and heavy so it slowly was getting dragged towards the Earths surface. To save Earth from massive casualty they decided to put engines on it and let it float in space to represent every species around the Universe. Fast forward a a couple centuries… Valerian and his Sergeant Lauraline is chilling on a mock beach when they get a call for a mission. As they are doing the mission in the most trippy environment you can see hints of the story line. But they manage to finish off their mission and get back to City of Thousand Planets.

Upon arrival they get news something hazardous is in the centre of it, they sent in soldiers but no one come back out. We find out what when a General is working on a side project behinds everyone’s back. Valerian & Luraline gets the job to find out what’s going after that they been breached during a meeting with Ambassadors, one of the key General was kidnapped. So now they go on a journey inside the planet to find him but at the same time, they discover the horrible truth about the project.


Storyline in itself it good but acting of Cara Delevingne is…meh. I’ve seen better. I mostly got irked by her horrible American accent. She could have spent more time on that accent to be honest.  Dane DeHaan playing Valerian did a great job on the acting part. We see some familiar faces in the film and throughout. Would I rewatch it? Probably not.

Who are the actors in this film and where do we know them from?

  • Dane Dehaan – Valerian (The Amazing Spider-Man, A Cure for Wellness, Chronicle)
  • Cara Delevingne – Lauraline (Paper Towns, Suicide Squad, Pan, Anna Karenina)
  • Clive Owen – Commander Arun Filitt (King Arthur, Children of Men, Inside Man, The Bourne Identity)
  • Rihanna – Bubble (Bates Motel, Home, This Is The End)
  • Ethan Hawke – Jolly the Pimp (Sinister, Gattaca, Before Sunset, Training Day)
  • Sam Spruell – General Okto-Bar (Snow White and the Huntsman, Taken 3, k-19: The Widowmaker, The Hurt Locker)

Who is the director and what is she/he known for?

Luc Besson born March 18th 1959 in Paris, France. Wanted to become a marine biologist but when he had a accident doing diving he couldn’t follow his dream. But he found out he could combine arts with making films. He’s known for The Big Blue & Fifth Element.


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