"Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets" is the sci-fi epic of the year up to now. Combining visuals unrivaled and powerhouse performances from Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan, this film creates an entirely new look at the age of expansion to other galaxies to seek out new life. The movie shows us how humans evolved to the point of space exploration and first contact with other life. It follows Valerian and his partner, Laureline, as they hunt down answers for a rising threat at the center of Alpha, the city of a Thousand Planets.
In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe in "Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets."
The technical aspects of "Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets" are gorgeous. They range from the CGI of aliens to an entire planet. The visuals are absolutely stunning and manage to use the 3D aspect of film in such a way that you don't feel like your money is wasted.
"Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets'" storyline is solid rather throughout the whole movie. There's a little bit of dragging in the middle due to some character building and no suspense or action. That's not an issue for me, but it may be an issue for other viewers.
The idealistic properties of the universe experienced in "Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets" are also phenomenal. They dealing with alternate dimensions, religion, science, and different concepts of life. It also touches on how tech will evolve into the future.
"Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets" is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language. There are some rather scantily clad alien women that might be much for younger viewers.
"Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets" is directed by Luc Besson. It comes out on July 21st, 2017. The movie stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Clive Owen, and Ethan Hawke. The running time is 137 minutes.
(Reviewed by Everett Shirey)