VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new
adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of Leon, 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.
A pretty enjoyable sci-fi adventure that takes an 'everything and the
kitchen sink' approach to its story and special effects, stuffing the film
with plenty of creatures, gadgets and MacGuffins whilst moving along at a
frantic enough pace to take your attention away from any possible plot
holes. It is also very much a film from the same director as The Fifth
Element. Your enjoyment of this will very much depend on how you feel about