– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier this morning, STX Entertainment released the second “teaser trailer” for their upcoming science fiction epic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. While it coins itself as a “teaser trailer” the fact that the film is coming out this July seems to indicate that this is likely a full-on trailer, and the content itself seems to support this idea.

This trailer brings an awful lot of content to the table. We get an action scene upfront, in true James Bond style, and then get into this gorgeous “city of a thousand planets.” This society lives in prosperous peace, but some unknown force threatens to tear it all down, and it’s up to Valerian and Laureline to keep that from happening. 

There is no shortage of spectacle here in this trailer. If you’re a fan of science fiction, world building, and gorgeous visuals, this may very well the movie you have been waiting for. However, as strong as those aspects of the trailer were, there was something missing: character. Sure, we saw Valerian and Laureline spout a couple of lines here and there, but they were by no means a priority. We got a sense of the plot, but got no sense of why we need to care about these two. There was no core emotional story present. Even those audiences who claim to like action popcorn flicks subconsciously desire some core emotional story — something to latch onto with these characters.

That’s not to say the film won’t have that. It very well may. But two trailers in, we see no evidence of that. Perhaps that’s why this is being coined as a “teaser trailer.” Maybe with the next one, we’ll begin delving into the character layers that the film could present. If not, I worry this could very well be the next John Carter.

Check out the trailer below!


The synopsis for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is down below:

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.

What did you think of this second, more in-depth trailer? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters on July 21, 2017.

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SOURCE: STX Entertainment

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.