Valerian (I can't be bothered to type out the whole title if i'm totally honest) is based around Major Valerian and his partner Laureline as they are called in to protect a high ranking officer who is being targeted by a race of creatures thought to have died when their planet was destroyed many years previous. The race are trying to get hold of a small creature with the power to re-create any item it is fed (i.e feed it diamonds and the little thing shits out diamonds). On top of this a radiation issue also has the duo racing against time to get to the bottom of the attacks of Alpha, it city of a thousand planets, before it is destroyed, taking hundreds of species along with it.
What sounds like an action filled sci-fi summer epic, and a big reason I was looking forward to it in the first place, it is let down by one big factor....the film is BORING. The action scenes are slow and clumpy, the dialogue is bland and the casting just doesn't work. Dane DeHann just sounds like a teenager putting on a big boy voice, something which just takes so much away from the character. The CGI looks dated aswell, making the film look like it really should have been released several years ago to look good, and this is a damn shame as I really wanted to like this film.
I personally have been waiting for the next big film franchise to hit our screens and while, yes the film fails on many levels, I can admire the writer and director doing something new with a new property, and I know having reviewers like myself trash the film isn't going to make things easier but there has to be something behind it for us film fans to really push for something new and good. This film is a major let down for me but if you enjoyed John Carter or films like that you many find some enjoyment in there somewhere.