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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

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The only – and I mean only – saving grace of this movie are the stunningly beautiful visuals: they are at times almost breath-taking. Even the good acting of some cast members can't save the utterly hopeless script. The movie is mostly based on the comic “Ambassador of the Shadows”, and it manages to take all the bad ideas, and ditch all the good ones: a SciFi story with an independent female lead character who saves the day- The movie turns her into your run-of-the-mill damsel in distress for more than half the time. The dark-skinned alien race at the centre of the plot- White-washed without mercy. And they even managed to cram in a boat-load of female objectification where the source material's only misstep in this respect are the high-heeled thigh-high boots of the main protagonist. What a terrible disappointment, crowned in it's failures by the beyond-wooden performance of the male lead. Unless you really want to see pretty images at the price of terrible dialog, enormous plot-holes, and disgustingly outdated stereotypical misrepresentations, please look elsewhere.

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Description

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.

Valerian is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) 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-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Critic Reviews:

  • “It's an enjoyable mess. Like all modern fantasy based on computer-generated technique, it confuses movement and action.” – Sydney Morning Herald
  • “Besson loves messing around with time and space.” – The Australian
  • “French populist Luc Besson delivers a delirious, crazily plotted, visually over-loaded science-fiction fantasy epic clearly designed to top the whackiness of his 1997 film The Fifth Element.” – 3AW
Release date Australia
November 22nd, 2017
Number of Discs
1
Length (Minutes)
137.00
Language
English
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Country of Production
  • France
Genres
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Sci-Fi
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Movie Format
  • Blu-ray
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x171x14
UPC
9321337173696
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
27195971

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