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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like it will be a movie that wears out your eyes if you stare at it for too long.
Luc Besson is one of the most interesting filmmakers out there, but I think he may be a going a bit far with Valerian. What do I mean? Besson always fills his frames with amazing visuals, and I will never tire of watching The Fifth Element, but it looks like with his newest film he looked back at that film and thought, “What if I dialed this up to 20?”
Just watching this trailer wore out my eyes as there is just too much to take in. It is doubtless I will see this film, but it does actually feel like you should watch at home so you can pause it and take in everything you’re seeing.
At least with this trailer the premise is finally explained to the masses… always nice when you know what the heck a movie is about.
Like I said, I know I’ll see it, but I’m not feeling a burning desire to go to the theater for it.
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.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters on July 21.