Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Sci-Fi & Fantasy • PG-13 • Directed by: Luc Besson • 137 minutes

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.

Viewer reviews

Great effects, light on everything else
★★★★★
So wanted to like this after Fifth Element, but just doesn't cut it. Both the leads are like limp lettuces and you certainly don't believe DeHann is some super agent. — Benmully74

Waste of time and money, run away
★★★★
This was so bad they should offer refunds. — Wheatrick

Ugh!
★★★★★
I am a very easy going consumer and didn’t have high expectations but this was so dumb I actually turned it off ½ way through, which I never do. Really dumb and a very big disappointment. Find something, anything else, else in the genre to watch. — T- Dub.

2 hours of my life I won’t get back...
★★★★
Worst movie ever. Take parts from every great sci-fi movie, butcher them, throw it all together with no plot and that’s the movie. Did I mention it stole 2 hours of my life? Do yourself a favor, pass on this. — mtnsniper

Terrible Main Characters
★★★★★
The actors leading this film were never able to be convincing as elite soldiers. The acting was bad and goofy, awkward dialogue, and in no way making you care if they succeed. What’s left is to ignore the acting and limited plot and enjoy the visual feast - which is gorgeous, but not enough to carry the film. — Xactoeric

Straight garbage.
★★★★
This movie was terrible. The story was ridiculous and boring, covered up with beautiful visuals. DeHaan and Delevigne have absolutely no chemistry. Supposedly the director wanted to make this movie decades ago, but couldn't get the rights. So he made The Fifth Element instead. You can sort of feel that in the movie. The problem is that Fifth Element is a vastly better film. Skip this and watch Fifth Element. — Buck Lightning/ MHOG Podcast

Another good book ruined.
★★★★
The special effects are amazing but the acting, directing and screenwriting was so disappointing. It just just amazes me how Hollywood just continues to take a great story and ruin it. — roadrash80

good
★★★★★
this was a realy good movie after renting it i bought it — Fryllock

A Lot Better than Expected
★★★★★
From the commercial reviewers one might expect this film to be a disaster, but that would be very wrong. This is epic, hope-filled sci-fi at it's best. It's much akin to what Steven Spielberg used to do, but seems to have forgotten: a simple storyline with just enough twists and turns to keep it from being entirely predictable, a pair of heroes who love and fight when the odds are against them, a bright future stained by bureaucracy and bad choices at high levels, and a relentlessly fast paced series of adventures populated by quirky aliens (mostly friendly) and people (also mostly friendly) as well as some incredible scenery. I for one think the negative reviewers are out of their minds: this is an absolutely first class popcorn movie. I'm hoping for sequels. — Panegyrist

beautiful
★★★★★
love every second of this movie — Briansuxx21

Epic.
★★★★★
What a gorgeous movie. Full of adventure and heart. Good actors. I just loved every bit — Mr. General

Rank416
★★★★★
Awesome!!!!!! — Mlmrank

Love it
★★★★★
Great movie great story great special effects. It is like a parallel story. While the fifth element was happening on earth, valerian was happening on outer space. — mauppassant

Valerian
★★★★
Movie was ok — DVR415

Visuals are great, story not half bad...
★★★★
Ok, this review may contain a few spoilers. Nothing major however, as in you'd get more spoilers out of a preview. As *everyone* notes, the visuals are fantastic. On par with Avatar. No debate about that. Storyline could have used a bit more work, and the leading man really was more of a leading emo. Sure as heck did NOT strike me as a Major in a Federation Military. Too immature, squeaky voiced and young for a major. The movie was named after the male character lead. Frankly with him dragging the pace and such, I think the leading lady should have been named Valerian and the movie named after her. Cara Delavigne frackin' rocked her part. This was only the second movie I've seen her in, the first being Suicide Squad. Wasn't overly impressed with that one, but this one got my attention. She did a great job I think in her role here. I look forward to seeing her performances in the future with better scripts. The story is slow to start, as they *have* to take time to "world build". It starts moving faster after the first 30 minutes or so. The end actually does tie up story threads, so it wasn't a waste of time to watch. Kind of cliche' ending, almost scooby doo-ish. But after watching, I didn't feel that I'd wasted my money. If you can rent this, do so. It's definitely worth a rental. A purchase? Try for a discounted price on it, but it would be worth that too. Fair disclosure: I purchased. — Benedictat

2 stars are generous.
★★★★★
Visually appealing, but the story is weak. Anyone giving more than 2 stars must be smoking crack. I see some 5 star reviews for this and there is no way that this movie is great like Lawrence of Arabia, or The Godfather (both real 5 Star movies). The lead actor is AWFUL. Where did they find such a one dimensional actor? He reminds me of the guy that played Anakin Skywalker (Hayden whatever). Yes, that bad. — ronansfo

It’s what you expect, only a little worse
★★★★
The story is decent, the SFX are outstanding, the acting is horrible. Delevigne delivers some of the worst lines with zero acting skills. She absolutely ruins what could have at least been a 3-Star movie. — Kitbrown

Better than expected
★★★★★
I really enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. I will probably buy it so I can watch it again! — tmnorbeck

Great scifi
★★★★★
The negative reviews are wrong. Great acting, great story. Amazing vision and storytelling. This is fifth element but with nuance, grit, realism that plants markers of what the human condition will be like in the distant future. It is at once optimistic and realistic, dry witted and vivid. A well read individual would not be confused and frustrated by this movie. The multi dimensional nature of the flick literally and figuratively is both liberating and all too rare. Wish there was more out of box sci fi like this. — Awakeinwa

Don't Rent IT!
★★★★
Rent it to watch but movie keeps stopping. Didn't get to watch the full show. — おらヴァンー (^。^)

Favorite of 2017
★★★★★
Really an incredible movie, with an awesome story line and incredible visuals! — GregoryXandrew

Worst leading actors
★★★★
No chemistry, terrible dialogue delivery, 'nuff said. Even if the rest of the movie has compelling elements, getting beyond the two leading actors is nearly impossible. — Månchot

Loved it
★★★★★
Great visuals and a nice story to go along with it. — Javier71088

Best Movie Yet
★★★★★
Absolutely amazing. — ChocolateBunny13

Enjoyable and could have been great
★★★★
Visually great, storytelling could have been a little better and biggest miss was the casting of Valerian - it seemed to me like he was doing a Keanu Reeves imitation the whole time which actually would have been better casting. Cara D did a fine job as Laureline. This could have been a classic, but I did find it fun to watch twice. — MKSNYC

Great CGI
★★★★★
This could have been a great movie; if it was scripted better, acted better, and rated R. — Qonman

Fun space romp
★★★★★
Super fun movie. It was a great space romp. And oh it was beautiful to watch. Full disclosure, Rihanna does play a small part (➖➖) but she does a fun cabaret number (➕➕), so I think they cancel each other out. — jefe2000

Excellent
★★★★★
On par with Avatar. Don't listen to the "critics." Really enjoyable movie. ***** — ken4890

Don’t bother
★★★★
Great cgi (but way overboard) and the worst bloody actors. The two main ones are ridiculous, he looks 17 but tries to sound like a 45 year old smoker, it’s either the worst attempt at a deep voice or I feel sorry if that’s his actual voice. Ridiculous fight scenes, crappy attempt at love story. — PCnever

Just effects
★★★★
Story line was kinda lame, since it was based on a comic, it appears that every storyline was plugged in, which really made the movie make no sense. Think Val Kilmer as batman, that about sums it up. But it did have interesting effects. — bordyafromthestern

Why?
★★★★★
It’s not a film. It’s a really long visual cgi show with Dane Dehaan’s annoying voice and Cara’s pig nose. Why would anyone cast these two in a movie and then forget to add a decent script? Hollyweird. — drewcula

Effects only
★★★★★
It’s bad but the effects are great! If you’re going to watch it, go in with that understanding. And for goodness sake, don’t buy it! — muscleup

Bad, Bad, Bad
★★★★
What a waste of a big budget and otherwise excellent special effects. Absolutely horrible script and plot...who is the target audience that finds this entertaining? IQ less than 50? The lead actor looks and acts like a heroin addict that just woke up from a nap. We are supposed to believe that he is a super smart, charismatic, officer stud? No way. Token appearance by Rihanna? She can't act. Period. I will use her appearance in any movie as an indication to avoid. — BoneDoc03

Terrible
★★★★
This movie is horrible. The worst casting. The casting director or who ever is in charge of casting needs to be fired. You have a guy who look like he is 12years old playing an elite major in the military. They get into the dumbest predicaments throughout the movie that just kill the story line. I wish I could unsee this movie. — Modeflip

So bad it rivals Howard the Duck
★★★★
There are only two possible reasons someone could leave a positive rating for this movie. The movie studio paid them, or they are completely void of intelligence and taste. Perhaps those things aren't mutually exclusive. There was zero chemistry between the two lead actors. The dialogue was horrible. The story was stupid. The entire thing was a farce. The only redeeming value to this movie is the special effects. I would consider watching it again on mute. — Intersplief

Awful
★★★★
So awful I'm compelled to take time out of my day to write about. It plays like a beautiful cartoon for children written by a highly inteligent 9 year old who filmed the first draft of the script. Cara is talented and stunning but held back by poor direction. Dane is talented but has the same demise and doesn't have nearly enough charisma needed for the role. From the moment they appear on screen together, the chemistry is that of an open can of soda you accidently sipped and spit out. The same can be said of the 37 mins of my life I wasted watching VALERIAN AND THE CAN OF A THOUSAND FLAT SODAS. Ug — bklounge44

This is unexpectedly good
★★★★★
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this, other than a fun glitzy spectacle. And it certainly was that; but it also had a coherent adventure, action, and most of all, a real heart that changed the protagonist -- something every story is supposed to have, but most action stories omit. Oh, and the opening introduction to Alpha station is beautifully done, with few words but a great sense of wonder and fun as they briefly but graphically show (instead of trying to explain) the evolution of the ISS through ever more "alien" visitors. It's not "hard" science fiction, by any means, but this was a really fun movie. — Davru

Excellent graphics with an empty script
★★★★★
The film from the very first lines spoken made very little sense and bordered on silly. At times it was confusing and an obvious cheap copy of other sf-fi films including the director prior film the Fifth Element. While the graphics were first class and outstanding in every way the weak plot which meanders through a series of regular sinuous curves, bends, loops, turns, or windings to extend an otherwise convoluted plot. — Marinjoe

Valerian and the city of a thousand planets
★★★★★
I ❤️ this 🎥 it was Awesome 😎❗️❕❗️❕ 👍👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 I really hope they do the sequel. — Sherry's31

Terrible
★★★★
Terrible acting could of been good — 2pac the realist

KRIS WU
★★★★★
KRIS❤️❤️❤️❤️ — Jenfjfkskf

It’s not all there
★★★★
I actually purchased this movie on my Vudu account before ever watching it, so I was really hoping it would impress me. Truth be told, the graphics, characters and story all rather likable, but I feel as though they picked a lot of “rigid” actors/actresses to fill the rolls. I was instantly reminded of Christian Bale’s performance of Batman, due to Valerian’s often muffled voice throughout the length of the film. The first third of the journey was a bit rough for me to sit through, but once they trudge through to the second third of the film things start to speed up. Normally I would also insert a complaint about Rihanna’s role in this movie, but her past work hasn’t been the best, but her character was surprisingly likable, although it seemed as if they were rushed to kill her all (I wouldn’t have minded seeing the shape-shifter in the following battles and such). On Vudu I gave this film 3.5 stars, but 4 will have to do for iTunes. — Thread of Light

Wonderful movie. Some things could be fixed but worth seeing
★★★★★
Visually spectacular and sort of intriguing Valerian has a lot to offer. Although have some cheesy moments and a bit of a dull plot line based on visuals and love of the actors it's a most see. Although I must admit I'm a little bias because I love Cara and Dane (the two main characters) it still is a beautiful sight to see and had its moments like the dance with RIHANNA. Normally would be 3 or 4 but i see bug potential in what could be a wonderful franchise like that of Star Trek or Star Wars (both were based off the original comic that was the base for this film). — Hfkzwlalbfbakkdldlskskaak

Amazing movie
★★★★★
It’s visually stunning. The colors and diversity of the aliens and the space station is fantastic. But the two main characters are so unlike able that it ruins what could have been a better film. You almost don’t want them to succeed they are so bad. — lordsuckulant

Awesome!!!
★★★★★
One great movie, love everything, sad that Riri has to die but she played bubble so great and I’m in love with this movie — Channel_Aceituno

Great movie.. I don't understand the critics
★★★★
This is a great Sci Fi movie.. maybe the critics don't like SciFi? I guess we expected Luc Besson to do something a bit more colorful or creative, but the story in of itself is good and entertaining. — dogdd

🙈👍
★★★★★
A fun movie at every turn! — Beldan111

Beautiful Picture
★★★★★
The work that went into creating this movie is truly remarkable. I love stretching my imagination so I wish there would be more movies like this one! — DanielLKitchen

Horrible.
★★★★
Bad actors. Bad characters. Horrible Story. Overall just bad. — Nhatman

convoluted mess, three thumbs down.
★★★★
I liked everything about this movie except the plot, the main characters, the dialogue, the aliens, the long length, the fake looking CGI, the aliens and the rest of all the friggin' aliens. This was all the good space/ sci fi movies mixed together as one big mess. — wrigley west