By: Myri Nieves
It’s almost 5 PM, you’re out of work and still feeling the funk of Monday? Don’t worry, I understand how that feels. Let’s try and shake off those blues with this week’s Maniac Monday! This week it’s: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
The story takes place in the 28th century and special operatives Valerian (played by Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (played by Cara Delevigne) work as a unit to maintain order throughout human territories across the planets. The both of them are given an assignment from the minister of defense to go to Alpha, another planet with a large metropolis and different species gather to share knowledge and culture, to investigate a series of disturbances. As they investigate, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the dark evil that threatens the very planet and all its inhabitants.
Why I’m excited about it: Luc Besson always makes films I am highly interested in due to their subject matter and beauty. This film also marks his return to Sci-fi since the monster success of Lucy in 2014 and on top of that, we get to see him bring to life a comic that has been out for 20 years in a Fifth Element type style. Clearly, this is Besson’s strong suit. I think this release comes at a good time considering the success of time traveling and sci-fi films have experienced lately. It seems as though the trend of this genre will never really end, however, it is difficult to find well formulated and thought out films that will not only breathe life to sci-fi but also produce a wonderful story we can all be enraptured in. I believe Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will not only be contextually pleasing (as he would want to work on something from his home country with respect) but also visually mesmerizing as well. Also, Rihanna.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will debut in theaters July 21st, 2017 in the USA and July 20th, 2017 in the Caribbean.