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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Time-traveling agents Valerian and Laureline are sent on a mission to the intergalactic city of Alpha. Thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe live in the metropolis, the seventeen million inhabitants converging over time as they unite their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. However, not everyone in Alpha share the same objective, there are unseen forces at work that will put humans in danger. It is up to Valerian and Laureline to protect the human species and maintain order throughout the universe.

Language: English
Subtitle: English / Chinese
Classification: PG
Release Date: 20 Jul 2017
Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fiction
Running Time: 2 Hours 17 Minutes
Distributor: Golden Village Pictures
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Rihanna, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu
Director: Luc Besson
Format: 2D, 3D, 3D ATMOS, 2D D-BOX

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Watch this if you liked: “Avatar”, “Jupiter Ascending”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”

The Good, the Bad and the Space agents:

With its stunning visual, audiences can't help but fall in love with "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets". Director Luc Besson is well-known for his well-crafted works so it's a given that the film will be so aesthetically pleasing.

No matter which planet or celestial cluster is displayed on the big screen, it will no doubt be a striking visual to behold. With the varying settings (from the vast dessert with a digital city incorporated into it to the belly of the sea inhabited by very, very large creatures), audiences will feel like they are propelled on one quite breath-taking adventure.

Leading the way will be the two space agents, the heroes that go by Valerian and Laureline. Fans of sci-fi, fantasy and romance are the real winners here because from the beginning to the end, the love story of Valerian and Laureline is never far from the surface. Valerian tirelessly woos his partner throughout the film, taking audiences with them on their will-they, won't-they roller coaster ride of a relationship.

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne play their parts well enough, the chemistry is there between the two actors to actually be a believable couple onscreen. Meanwhile, Ethan Hawke effortlessly plays his character Jolly the Pimp, who was not easy to forget despite appearing only for a comparatively short scene in the movie.

And of course, here Rihanna does get her chance to shine bright like a diamond, her Bubble character gives her plenty of space to showcase as many attractive looks as she can within a short amount of time and even provide a little tearjerker moment. Fans of Chinese-idol-turned-actor Kris Wu will be happy to know his character here is more prominent and significant to the story (rather than just being another generic Asian stand-in), his one-liners gradually growing to longer sentences as the movie unfolds.

Besson did not cut corners when it comes to the costume and character designs and special effects used in the movie. As mentioned, the movie is visually arresting and having the right character design and visual effects definitely aided that department. With so many alien species (and various human races being represented), it is quite a treat for audiences to feast their eyes on the beautiful designs.

"Avatar" will most likely come to mind when watching the movie. The luminescent and colourful Pandora evokes a sense of wonder and this is exactly what the stunning visual in "Valerian" does too, aided by the top notch special effects.

Overall, the movie is an enjoyable ride if audiences are looking for a light watch that is aesthetically pleasing, especially when viewed in 3D. Watching this in 3D does make a difference and is definitely worth it as it gives more depth and dimension to the movie, making it, yes, even more pleasing to the eye.


Trivia:

• The main storyline is loosely based on "Ambassador of the Shadows", the sixth volume of the French science fiction comics series "Valerian and Laureline".

• This is the first Valerian story translated into English.

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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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