It is nearly 20 years since Luc Besson made The Fifth Element, it combined Hollywood sci- fi with a European stylish flair and a unique vision of the future. Even today it still is a great watch. Now why do I bring this point up, I liked Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and before this movie had been made the previously mentioned movie had been the most expensive European movie to date. What I feel may not work in this movies favour, is that repeated watchings may expose it’s flaws. Certainly there is lots to see and admire up on the screen and you can see where the movie has been spent, but I feel maybe that the two central leads might not strong enough actors yet to make this film memorable over time.
I suppose I better get down to the review then. Well, we find ourselves in the 28th century and on Alpha, an ever expanding space based metropolis which has had to leave the confines of the space around Earth, due to the fact that we keep encountering new species and it appears that Earth based space at least is limited. All these races use Alpha to interact with humans but we have encountered quite a few at this stage hence the move away from Earth.
Enter special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) who are required to maintain order on Alpha and the other human settlements. But all is not well on Alpha of late, a malevolent force is expanding within the metropolis threatening its very existence. They are tasked to find out what is causing the disturbance.
As I said earlier in the review, I liked the movie but ultimately the sci – fi future vision has moved on, even in a universe far far away. This movie considering it is set in the future can sometimes feel like a movie made many years ago, maybe referring back to the other movie mentioned at the start – 20 years ago.
Enjoyable yes – memorable over time, less so.