“A soldier will always choose death over humiliation”
- What is this movie about?
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.
- Why should you watch it?
This movie has gotten tones of bad reviews and while the movie might not be one of the best movies ever, it didn’t deserve what they did to her. So please, give it a chance, it’s worth it because is an old school movie, where there are the good guys, the bad guys, and a net of relationships that don’t seem what we see, plus we get the chance to visit many different planets on the same planet, or better said, a thousand cities.
Frist thing that we notice are the spectacular computer generated visual effects. They leave you breathless during the whole movie, and don’t forget that the whole movie happens in space and in the future. There are many different species that appear in this movie and their creation has been taken care of to the tiniest of detail. It reminds us of “The Fifth Element”, also from Luc Besson, but this is on a bigger scale and the other is simply a masterpiece that is difficult to forget.
One highlight of the movie is the brief but cool appearance of Rihanna, where she does what she does best (besides singing) that is dancing. Her short time on-screen is really funny to watch. On the other hand, the main problem that I see in this movie are the main couple. Not that they aren’t good actors, because they are, but maybe for this story, it would have been better to cast older actors, because Dane and Cara look too young for what their characters do. And let’s not forget that, rumor has it, this movie is based in some comics that were the inspiration for Star Wars so if these are Han and Leia, we definitely would have needed someone like Han and Carrie (sorry for the comparison).
Above all, the story is really entertaining . Looks the movie is following the fate of “Jupiter Ascending”, and in here there are no human dogs, and the plot is based on something written that in France, its country of origin, is considered a classic. just give it a chance.
- Did you know?
– The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières.
– Released in 2017, the year of Valerian’s 50th anniversary.
– The opening scene begins in 1975. This is the year “Ambassador of the Shadows” (on which the film is loosely based) was first published in French.
– The film opens with footage of the 1975 joint US/Soviet mission Apollo Soyuz Test Project. The mission ran from July 15, 1975 through July 24, 1975, 42 years to the week of the opening of this film.
– There are 200 different alien species in this movie. Luc Besson wrote a 600 page book describing in details all the species. The actors had to read that book prior to filming so they can adjust their acting depending on the species they were interacting with.
– There are 2734 special effect shots in this movie compared to “only” 188 in ‘The Fifth Element (1997)’ (“See you in space” featurette).
– Luc Besson deliberately chose to shoot the film, an adaptation of a French comic, in English with English-speaking actors in order to raise its chances of a wider audience.