Monday, September 4, 2017
Valerian and the city of a thousand planets - by Vijaya Schartz
A phantasmagorie of epic proportions. A thousand worlds anchored into one single city floating in space. Virtual worlds to be sure, but worlds nevertheless, where people thrive and tourism brings millions of humans and alien species. I love the graphics, and the many worlds Luc Besson brought to life.
Impressive photography, I loved all the alien races represented and the many worlds, with their different civilizations. There, a tourist can travel through the universe without leaving the safety of the city in space. A very lucrative business, to be sure.
Of course, all repairs and maintenance are performed by robots... including security, by a cylon-like race of faceless military giants.
The heroes are young and fearless, kind and selfless.
Some aliens are peaceful and idealistic.
They have cute pets that can reproduce whatever you feed them... including priceless energy pearls... which they use to create their own virtual world.
But that world is threatened by greedy humans, bent on owning the adorable pets for the sake of controlling energy sources.
I loved that famous actors and personalities play secondary roles... including Rihana, who portrays an alien shapeshifter who helps the heroes along the way.
And of course, there are the alien races. Here are a few examples:
And the various habitats of the thousand planets, and the technology, the spacecraft...
All in all, the movie, like Avatar, is an experience you do not want to miss. As for the story and the characters, unlike in Avatar, I found them too simple, and the characters too young and lacking a back story, not deep enough to be interesting.
Still, if you like science fiction, you will want to see it.
Action, Romance, Mayhem
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