Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Date:20 July 2017 Author: Lumka Nofemele Tags:, , , , ,

What do you get when you take Luc Besson, an incredible special effects team, aliens and Rihanna? Yes, you guessed it. You get the the most stunning Sci-Fi opera yet, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Valerian is a new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy. The film is based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of Sci-Fi artists, writers and filmmakers.

About Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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.

If you think that this sounds like any typical space movie plot, never fear, the visuals are here to entertain, enthrall and in some instances distract you.

If comic book movies are your thing, you will remember how impressive Dane DeHaan was in The Amazing Spiderman. He once again shows his leading man chops in Valerian, bus his co-star, Cara Delevigne is not as convincing as an actress as she is as a model. What surprised me most was Rihanna’s performance she was thoroughly entertaining as Bubble the shapeshifter. The movie also co-stars Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke.

Valerian’s special effects will leave you gobsmacked from the very first scene even when the story and dialogue don’t. This is one that you absolutely must see in 3D or not see at all.

And if you don’t believe me, here’s an exclusive clip from the movie.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens in cinemas on Friday, 21 July.

CLOSED: Win with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


Win with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

We are giving away a copy of Ambassador of the Shadows, a part of the Valerian and Laureline series, on which the movie Valerian and the city of a thousand planets is based. The reprinted graphic novel, first released in 1975, is autographed by director Luc Besson.

How to enter: Simply SMS the word followed by your name, surname and email address to  (entries cost R1.50 per SMS, free and bundle SMS don’t qualify).

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1. Entry is open to anyone except employees (and their immediate families) of RamsayMedia and associated agencies. 2. Only one online entry per person. Competition runs until Sunday, 30 July 2017. 4. We will draw the winner(s) by 04 August 2017. 5. The prize is not redeemable for cash. 6.  The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 7. Regrettably, only South African residents are eligible for prizes. 8. By entering this competition, you agree to receive future correspondence from Popular Mechanics. You can opt out at any stage by: (a) Sending an e-mail containing the relevant details with the subject line “opt out” to; or (b) Sending an SMS including the word “STOP” to 31699. Standard SMS rates apply. 10. Entries cost R1.50 per SMS. Free and bundle SMS do not qualify. 11. For the complete set of competition rules, click here.

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