'Valerian' could not surpass 'Avatar' despite fantastic special effects?

Although "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" directed by Luc Besson has impressive effects, the blockbuster might not surpass "Avatar".

Luc Besson's French science-fiction film is based on comic books, with a budget of 197 million euros.

Category: Science Fiction, Action

Director: Luc Besson

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ was adapted from the French comic series ‘Valérian and Laureline’. ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ was directed by Luc Besson's – a well-known filmmaker for such action-thrilling films as ‘Léon: The Professional’ and ‘Lucy’.

As the image of exotic aliens was released, ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ has attracted the interest of the cinema-goers across the world. With the budget of 197 million euros, this has been rated as the most expensive film in Europe until now.

The story is set in the twentieth century, when humans have successfully built a huge space station called Alpha. Over hundreds of years, Alpha has become home to thousands of different ethnic groups in the universe. They live in peace, willing to share the knowledge and culture of their own species.

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"Luc Besson's film ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ was adapted from a famous French comic book.

The film is set in the twentieth century, when humans have successfully built a huge space station called Alpha. Over hundreds of years, Alpha has become home to thousands of different ethnic groups in the universe. They live in peace, and they are willing to share the knowledge and culture of their own species.

Luc Besson's film ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ was adapted from a famous French comic book. But, an alien species which are not listed in the Alpha data appears and suddenly attack the main engine room, kidnapping Commander Arün Filitt (Clive Owen). Two of Alpha's most powerful agents - Valerian (Dane Dehaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) immediately set out to hunt down and overturn the mastermind behind after the incident.

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Those who love ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ just because the art of shooting the film, lighting and special effects will certainly not feel disappointed. Director Luc Besson has given the audiences a series of beautiful frames throughout the duration of the film. Following Valerian and Laureline, the audience has the opportunity to admire the uniqueness of the Alpha space station. The context of the film is divided into four branches with diverse architectural and biological features.

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The special effects of ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is really impressive and make viewers worldwide overwhelmed. The film brings many bizarre creatures and shows the remarkable film crews’ creativity.

Due to the careful ‘investment’ in the special effects, ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is expected to become another version of "Avatar". The film was also promoted as "a lifetime achievement," as Luc Besson revealed that he had the desire to bring his favorite comic book on the big screen when he was a child.

Unfortunately, the special effects seems to be the only advantage of ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’. The film is ‘lacking in depth’ and audiences might have felt that the content of the script has some problems right from the first dialogue that Valerian uttered. Emotional factors migh be overused.

valerian-and-the-city-of-a-thousand-planets-could-not-surpass-avatar-despite-having-fantastic-special-effects-3The love story of the main characters

The character in the movie actually has a problem. Shouldering the responsibility of protecting the universe, Valerian and Laureline always have superficial actions which are not thoroughly planned. Probably because they were built as super secret agents, the challenges for the duo all went away quickly.

By: Samanthan Lane

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