Space adventurers Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) set off on a mission to stop sinister forces from destroying Alpha, an intergalactic metropolis where thousands of alien species live together in harmony. Written and directed by Luc Besson, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on a series of French comics by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Clive Owen, Rihanna, Elizabeth Debicki, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna co-star.~Jack Rodgers
Dane DeHaanMajor Valerian
Cara DelevingneSergeant Laureline
Clive OwenCommander Arun Filitt
Ethan HawkeJolly the Pimp
Herbie HancockDefence Minister
Kris WuSergeant Neza
Rutger HauerPresident of the World State Federation
So the movie came in great condition, however, when I went to redeem the digital code for the movie I hit some problems. Even though the code was valid for the site given for redeeming, o couldn’t move forward to the next step of choosing a provider (like Vudu) because it was “not found”. After trying it on several devices and still getting the “something went wrong, please re-enter your code” message I contacted the Vudu support team (as Europa does not have one) and thankfully was able to get it sorted.
Great movie, especially if you like wild rides like the 5th Element! The 4K treatment was really crisp, but you can tell it’s an upscale and not originally shot using HDR capability. I think it’s still worth owning in this format and goes on sale pretty often here at Best Buy.
The only real issue I had was with redeeming the digital copy. Lions Gate films digital redemption site is really bad and the code included didn’t work properly. They acknowledged this when I sent a support message but required a lot of work on my end to prove purchase before they would issue a new code. After about a dozen emails back and forth and sending as many images of the UPC, discs, and package they finally gave me a working code for VUDU, that was for a HD digital copy, and not the 4K HDR digital copy. That’s NOT the fault of Best Buy as the code was not expired when purchased and was issued by Lions Gate. It’s an issue with any of that studio’s movies right now and their sub par customer service.
This was one of two 4K BluRays I bought to try out my new 4K TV, the other being Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. While I enjoyed the actual story/plot of Jumanji more, I have to say that the 4K of Valerian definitely showed off the features of my new TV better! The special effects here look GREAT in 4K, even when seated just a few feet in front of the TV. The sound on the 4K disc is comparable to the sound on the BluRay, at least for my fairly old receiver, but it still sounds great. Apart from the technical aspects of the 4K transfer, as a SciFi fan I enjoyed this movie and found it entertaining, but my wife was less impressed (not a sci fi fan). The plot and characters are not particularly deep or intimately crafted, but if you just take it at face value I think it's a fun ride. But it bears repeating that I definitely enjoy the 4K aspects of this release, and that may bias me somewhat. :)
I did not see it in theaters but rented it and enjoyed the movie. The movie is very futuristic and beautiful done like Luc Besson other film The fifth element which I loved. I think the movie could have done better with some of the character development and casting but I think for the story it is hard to get it all in under 2 and half hours.
The film is good; not outstanding but, definitely watchable. I like Luc's work generally, especially Lucy but, this is more of a flashback to his Fifth Element which I was never particularly impressed with other than again, the visuals. The acting is good and the characters are not cardboard cutouts. If you like science fiction, this is a pretty enjoyable exercise in that genre. Don't expect to have your mind blown particularly. I think more than anyone, teenagers who are into science fiction may be the most appreciative group of this film. It does have a semi sexual element to it, especially in the "Strip Club" scene; it's not obscene or graphic but, it does convey an edge of the adult nature of such places. I give it 4 stars out of five but, I haven't kept it in my cinephile's collection.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Holds it's own from start to finish.
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Incredible special FX are common place in a Luc Besson film, and this is no exception. But the story is something that has been done numerous times. Our headliners, Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne, play their parts adequately, but sorry, they're not believable. It's more like "Spy Kids Grown Up". And Dane sounds too much like a young Keanu Reeves. The cast is full of talented people, but Rhianna steals the show. Her performance is short lived, but she is amazing. Plenty of humor to keep you interested, but only the first time you watch it.