It’s not a reboot or based on a multi-million dollar franchise, but Luc Besson’s (“The Fifth Element”) upcoming “Valerian” is getting all the right sorts of buzz with sci-fi aficionados.
Based on a French comic known only to a devoted few outside its home country, “Valérian et Laureline” is a space opera much in the vein of “Flash Gordon,” “Dune,” the more recent “Jupiter Ascending,” or Besson’s own “The Fifth Element.”
The film started to attract positive attention when scenes were shown at Comic-Con International. Besson is known for his sense of style and fully realized worlds, so many fans are expecting that this could be a new sci-fi movie to fall in love with.
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner, blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.
Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time — uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” opens July 21, 2017.
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