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

Poor Acting
★★★★
The acting was poor — Poo/Boo

Unlikeable Lead Characters
★★★★★
If there is a segment of the population who are supposed to relate to these main characters, please keep me far, far away from them. Unlikeable spoiled brats. The kind who usually get their "comeuppance" in movies...but are for some reason the heroes in this movie. At first I thought the cheap looks and acting were because it was a kids movie...but nope, too much swearing and sexual refernce to be a kids movie. So...just a crappy movie with smug, unlikeable "heroes". First sci-fi distraction I actually wish I hadn't watched. I was just too annoyed by the brats to enjoy the movie. — ZJ2017!

Not terrible
★★★★★
Nice to look at but that’s about it — Njkbiyjghgjk

Characters
★★★★
Bad acting and silly characters — IbrahimAbu

good but hard to follow
★★★★★
good but hard to follow at times — Knew & Used

Not very good.
★★★★★
Interesting visuals but horrible story. — Champ6

Can I get a refund?
★★★★
This movie is totally PC (Piece of Crap). The characters can never develop because all the politically correct messaging takes priority. While Delevingne makes for some pretty good eye candy, and not totally aweful acting, Valerian is a total jerk. Of course, the there is the victim group which seems to be a people of the rainbow who are young, healthy, and forgiving. Needless to say, humans are evil species here. Now I need to go take a shower to wash this movie off me. This movie is nothing like The 13th Element. — EBSanford

Chemistry
★★★★★
Place a rock next to another rock, and they'll have more chemistry than Gay Eyebrows and Pasty "Sinus Infection" McSnoozer. — oneandemma

Was that acting?
★★★★
The visual and computer generated characters were amazing. Rihanna was amazing while she performed. HOWEVER - these actors are bad. I felt I was watching a screen test, while they read the script. — Hawski

Unsophisticated
★★★★★
Visually pretty but the plot, script and acting were all incredibly unsophisticated. When it wasn't just plain boring. A missed opportunity to do something really cool. — Not impressed 001

Couldn’t get past the bad acting
★★★★
Amazing visual effects couldn’t save this movie. The storyline was pretty good but unfortunately it seems not enough time or money was spent on actors. The lead female character was especially bad to the point that you were pulled out of the story and universe created by the director. Unable to finish this beast. Hopefully in 20 years it will be remade with a better cast. — MovieChump

Hard Sci-Fi from the Heart
★★★★★
If you can get past the visual overload, this is great entertainment. There is a lot happening, but underneath the effects is a great story and a forgiving essay on humanity. I recommend it for the story, the epic telling of that story, and the redemption given to our species. Enjoy and don't overanalyze. — Lovefork

Very Cool SFI - great to watch
★★★★
I bought this movie because I figured I’d need to watch it a couple of times. I was right. The visuals are stunning. The first 15 minutes introduces the aliens and the Alpha station, both of which are really well done. The final 30 minutes are engrossing. The rest of the plot is so-so, but never boring. The sci-fi visuals really carry this movie. By the end, you get to like the two main characters. The level of creativity that went into making the film is unmatched. I recommend it for contemporary sci-fi fans. — JoeTooCool

Not Worth It - Seriously.
★★★★
How can something with so much action and CG be just plain boring? Bad acting, too many borrowed ideas from prior movies and, once again, bad acting. If you are over 16, do not waste your time here. — moviesalad

I never criticize movies... what were they thinking?
★★★★★
Out of the thousands of movies I’ve seen I’ve never taken the time to review one. Even if it’s bad, I’ll look for the positive and just accept it. But all the money the spent on this movie’s special effects was tossed in the trash by the casting director. Dane DeHaan was “ok” in chronicle but every other film he’s been in, he’s terrible. I don’t know what casting directors see in him. However, he’s better than Cara Delevingne, who’s acting isn’t even suited for a Disney Channel made for TV movie. Add the aforementioned to the corny dialogue from these two horrible actors with atrocious writing, this movie was off beat the whole way through and fell flat on its face. Oh, let’s not forget to mention the “evil white man” and “white guilt” undertones. Yeah, I noticed and it’s getting old. — ThePROFESSIONAL

Amazing Visuals
★★★★
...but absolutely no plot. Two teenagers saving the universe from something but I’m still not sure what. This is probably the biggest wasted opportunity to make a phenomenal movie I have ever witnessed. If you are over 6 yo, don’t waste you time...or money. — MexMS

huge potential, not realized
★★★★★
Amazing moments and an incredible opening sequence cannot fight off atrocious casting (Valerian) a poor script, and extremely inconsistent FX. This is only marginally more watchable than Chris Tucker's garbage cameo in the Fifth Element. What a waste of $200 million. You could make the film "Get Out" 25 times on this budget, or the film "Midnight" 100 times! Do yourself and the industry a favor, watch one of those films instead. — zidane2015

Inspiring and confident!
★★★★★
This was well written and amazing movie, I hope that they continue making movies like sequels this also usually nothing is as good as the first one, I think with the same people director and actor and writer that the second one would be awesome to — Torched39

Horrible movie
★★★★
The dialogue was brutal to get through - overtly narrating/preaching how important it is to be a good person and how great love is. Poor character development. The movie was unorganized. Just not a good movie. — Robbie Kelley

Great CGI
★★★★★
Amazing CGI— best ever Main characters didn’t really work — Rinasandler

I liked it!
★★★★★
There are faults with with movie if that’s what you look for, but I really enjoyed it. The effects are fantastic and it’s a good story. I liked the actors too. — Fat Tribble

So disappointed!!!!!
★★★★
I’m usually a fan of Luc Besson’s work, so this is highly disappointing! This movie is just awful. The story is rambling, the acting is terrible and the dialogue is unbearable. The only saving grace is the incredible CG! — Aww-D-oh-Mama

Awesom
★★★★★
This movie was crazy awesome bruh — Pg1277

Use your imagination
★★★★★
This movie was great. Being a fan of the 5th Element style of world building, I felt that this movie was superb. Good story and character building, although, a bit forced in some spots. The lead male character started with difficulty to relate to the watcher but as the movie moved forward it became easier to digest. Great effects and production. — Everson Grey

It had its moments
★★★★★
If you close your eyes during this movie, the main character (Valerian) sounds exactly like Keanu Reeves. Also don't worry about forgetting the name of this movie, because "Valerian" is spoken at least 200 times. — Aech2o

Better than you think
★★★★★
This movie has been heavily bashed by critics and couch jockeys. Of course It doesn’t have the best plot and storyline, but it’s a very entertaining and beautiful film, especially if you can go into it with an open mind and just turn your brain off to a certain level. I would love a sequel in the near future with more time taken with the plot and storyline. — UnivTennVol06

Not Perfect, But Pretty Good.
★★★★
I had never seen Cara in a movie before, let alone hear her voice. I felt like both of the main character's tones of voice stayed the same the entire time. There was emotion, but I just couldn't hear or feel it in their voices. The movie effects were pretty awesome and I really loved the banter scenes between the two. (Those were my favorite:) Rhianna was really great and I feel like she does both singing and acting very, very well. When I saw the trailer I felt like it almost showed too much; it made me expect a little more than what they gave. So maybe that was why it wasn't my favorite movie; but Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan's chemistry, and the way that they seemed to be so comfortable with each other, made me like it all the more. — kandip

I Regret Buying This
★★★★★
Probably one of the worst decisions I've made was buying this for 20 bucks. The characters were painfully chessy throughout the movie. I found myself checking the time to see how long I had left until it was over. The visuals were absolutely stunning I'll give it that, but that is about it for the movie, and the reason I'm not giving it a 1 star rating. The romance aspect of the film was painful to watch and has the "good girl inevitably falls for the bad boy and gets sidelined the entire film" trope and overshadows the overall plotline of the film. The movie incredible potential, but was sold short with a director who's primary focus was to throw a dull and lifeless 'romance' as the center plotline with pretty specticles in the background. — Sunbeam96579

Great CG and Characters
★★★★
Loved the visual effects. Didn't care particularly who they picked for the main characters. All-in-all it was well worth watching for the beauty of the graphics. — AA550

4 stars to Cara. 2 stars for the rest
★★★★★
Story line good. Execution so so. CG is excellent but I don't think a movie is worth seeing just for the CG unless it is supposed to be an action flick! Overall if you enjoy the science fiction and fantasy then this will be okay. If not then you will lose interest quickly. Some people have been comparing fifth element with this movie.... no, please don't. Fifth Element had seasoned actors and had a good balance of action, drama, comedy, and silliness. People not interested in science fiction and fantasy were still captivated by the movie. However, Cara Delevingne made it worth my time!! Yes her roots are not in acting but she does a good job and is improving. I look forward for the time when they will make a movie with her as the main character and with a lot of scenes showing her only!!!! I was actually jealous of Valerian! — Angry Zed

Check it out.
★★★★
Highly recommend this video. Really good besides what the critics say. — DammitDerek

Don't do it!
★★★★
The graphics draw you in the 2 main charators make you wish you never heard of this movie, let alone buy it. I wish I waited until it came on network tv. — farwest46

Must Watch!!
★★★★★
Did not know much about this movie but it was great from beginning to end. — RounderBHS

Besson...
★★★★★
As a stunning visual experience, Besson's true forte, this film is top rate. Unfortunately this occurs at the expense of hiring low cost leads. The two main protagonists have zero chemistry together and even less acting skills. Rotten Tomatos is being generous with a 49% rating. — Mister Bipkie

A spectacular achievement
★★★★★
I almost didn't watch it because of those vapid, odious creatures who spend their meaningless lives commenting on the people who actually create things. This film has story, depth of character, and humanity while exploring what humans are capable of both in the negative and positive perspectives. There was one little bloke from Australia who gave it a three word thumbs up so god bless him. The rest of you people who call yourselves critics need to take a good hard look at your vaculous souls. — Millswah

Very decently surprised!
★★★★★
Since 5th Element got over hyped to me as the best movie, when I finally saw it, I was crazy let down. This movie on the other hand I went in with pretty low expectations, other than knowing it would at least be very visually stunning, and I ended up really enjoying every second of it. Loved both the main characters and the actors that played them. I hope we get a sequel! — mwvarley

disappointed
★★★★
Not that creative actually. Just recycled, unoriginal sci fi. Plot was linear. Acting terrible. Probably 10 year olds would have fun watching this while on a trip and that's about it. — ORRMC2

Could have been so much better
★★★★
Cut 25 minutes off the movie you might have a winner here. Director’s cut should cut 25 minutes off the movie. 25 minutes of complete useless nonsense pranks and stupid talk. — Shadow Macho

It's Okay
★★★★★
Great visuals. It is entertaining if you can get past the sometimes cringeworthy, sometimes plain stupid dialogue. Honestly, just turn the volume off and make up the dialogue as you go, it will probably be better that way — aWildWillAppeared

It's worth the money
★★★★★
I swear I don't know what's wrong with critics. They are so judgmental. A movie should take you to another place. Show you something you haven't seen before. It should pull you in. This movie did all that. First of all it was visually stunning. The lead actor was good. But Cara is beautiful. Don't miss out because critics love to hate everything. This movie is worth the money. — Strongium90

Movie bad, Leading Actors really bad
★★★★
I really wanted to like this movie, however it really needed some better actors taking the lead roles to make this movie more like able Don’t waste your money wait for it the be free somewhere — Heliohio

Best sci fi movie ever
★★★★★
If you aren't a fan of sci fi, then don't watch. This isn't a movie for normies. It has great visuals, an entertaining story, and great characters. A must watch. — Cghftmx

Maybe better than watching water boil
★★★★
...maybe I’m convinced the only way to sit through this whole movie is if you fall asleep or die. — Danny Blanton

Big sloppy bust
★★★★
I forced myself to push through 38 minutes - each minute was terrible. Seriously, not 1 minute in 38 was pleasant. All my 38 minutes were horrid. I don’t miss those 38 minutes at all. — longVariableNickName

cool movie
★★★★★
It's worth checking out. I almost didn't and am glad I did. — BostonFNORD

I really like this movie
★★★★★
This movie is visually stunning. — Xm7X

Disappointing
★★★★★
It had a potencial, but the acting is really bad and the story line is poor. — MariaLQS

Bland plot, dilettante acting
★★★★★
Just abysmal; even if you have nothing else you to watch, don't bother. — Generic Review

maybe not
★★★★
if you're starting to question movies hold on you - if you're starting to think movies are silly, don't do this one. It's so much like watching a sixteen year old play video games. Just annoying. — PayWhoYaOwe

JOKE
★★★★
Total joke of a movie. Save your money not even worth renting. — JuiceBurger