Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Final Trailer Is A Win

As the summer approaches, it’s time to figure out what movies to really get excited for, and if Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets isn’t already one of your top picks, there’s a final trailer that showcases the visual spectacle headed your way.

The new trailer finally addresses the problem that’s going to occupy Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), even if we don’t get specifics, but it perhaps overly focuses on the action. The trailer makes it look almost like a video game, and while incorporating such elements isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the strength of the original works comes by way of the character study. It hardly looks like our heroes get a chance to slow down, much less explore the depth of the world, or each other, and if you weren’t sure about the idea from all the running and flying, we’re told there is a clock on the situation.

Perhaps the oddest thing about the trailer is that while it certainly tries to highlight the variety of aliens that will make appearances in the film, it doesn’t really give you anything to go on when it comes to which ones will play integral roles to the plot, and/or which will rise to the status of supporting characters.

It certainly looks great though, and there will apparently be no shortage of thrills and adventure. Leave it to Luc Besson to take “space opera” up a few notches.

The film also released a few new images.

Keep your eye out for more, and let us know what you think about this one.

Photo courtesy of STX Films and Europacorp

Photo courtesy of STX Films and Europacorp

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers.

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.

Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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