Prime Video reveals final season’s trailer of fantasy-drama ‘Carnival Row’

Prime Video recently shared the official trailer and key art from the second and final season of the fantasy-drama Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. The highly anticipated series, from Amazon Studios and Legendary Television will stream exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world from 17 February.

In a fantasy world where humans and creatures clash, season two of Carnival Row picks up with former inspector Rycroft Philostrate aka Philo (Orlando Bloom) investigating a series of gruesome murders stoking social tension. Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and the Black Raven plot payback for the unjust oppression inflicted by The Burgue’s human leaders, Jonah Breakspear (Arty Froushan) and Sophie Longerbane (Caroline Ford). 

Tourmaline Larou (Karla Crome) inherits supernatural powers that threaten her fate and the future of The Row. And, after escaping The Burgue and her vengeful brother Ezra (Andrew Gower), Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) and her partner Agreus Astrayon (David Gyasi) encounter a radical new society which upends their plans. With humans and fae folk divided and freedom on the line, each hero will face impossible dilemmas and soul-defining tests in the epic conclusion of Carnival Row.

Carnival Row is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Legendary Television. The series is executive produced by showrunner Erik Oleson (Marvel’s Daredevil, The Man in the High Castle), Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Brad Van Arragon (Yellowjackets), Sarah Byrd (The Alienist, Strange Angel), Jim Dunn (Marvel’s Daredevil, Haven), Sam Ernst (Marvel’s Daredevil, Haven), Wesley Strick (The Man in the High Castle), and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans). Beacham’s A Killing on Carnival Row, on which the project is based, appeared on the very first installment of The Black List in 2005.

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ review: All sizzle but no steak

Replete with eye-popping visual effects which only amplifies the viewing experience when watched in 3D, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets sadly offers little else. French Director Luc Besson returns to his resplendently grandiose graphical representation roots here but is let down by a wafer-thin plot and an uncompelling performance by the cast.

Based on the novel Valerian and Laureline, the movie is an outer space adventure that is aimed to tug at your ocular nerves with visual effects of the highest order. It gets to feel a tad overdone as it limps towards the finale and your eyes start to ache.

Although the film opens to the spellbinding landscape of Alpha, a spacial metropolis is soon invaded by the dark forces. The unpretentious way in which our lead pair – Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are introduced, tells us where this is heading. Not soon after they are sent on a mission to retrieve a diamond-pooping reptile “the convertor”, Valerian pops the question to his partner, to which she prevaricates for now.

The rest of the movie revolves around all the crests and troughs that our space agents have to surmount to save the planet of Alpha from disintegrating. It is an adventure that is largely underwhelming given the scatterbrained plot that it is woven on.

To bring out an effective outer world feeling, Valerian is bustling with a multitude of extra-terrestrial creatures, so much that there are times when you feel like watching an animated movie based on aliens. Some of the creatures shown do not even contribute an iota, but are regardlessly stuffed into the frame to add more gloss.

Among the lead pair, Cara carries most of the burden as she makes a good case for herself with a decent show, also occasionally flaunting her slim, sultry body clad in bikini and also in alluring gown. Dane on the other hand, cuts a forlorn figure as if he’s just woken up from a long coma and asked to head down to the studios right away. The less we speak about the supporting cast the better because their exploits are almost trivial.

With a whooping $250 million invested in his most ambitious project, Besson manages to manufacture a product that looks attractive by appearance but offers far little else. Its like eating a junk food; it may titillate your taste buds but brings no nutritive value with it. As for the man who has delivered gems like The Fifth Element in the past, Valerian pales in comparison and how.

At two hours and twenty minutes, it’s excruciatingly long and harrowing. The stunning visual effects are sadly the only saving grace of this inter galaxy shamble.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: A rabble raising inter galactic escapade!

Gear up for this year’s most adventurous space odyssey as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is coming to cinemas this Friday to take you on a rabble raising inter galactic escapade.

Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna, the sci-fi thriller is based on the French comic series Valerian and Laureline and directed by reverent French filmmaker Luc Besson.

Following the lukewarm box-office performances of Life and The Space Between Us, Valerian is the next outer-space movie in line, but promises a more visually engaging experience than any of the three.Here’s some interesting facts about the movie you may want to know.

1.Most expensive independent film ever

Given the astronomical volume of CGI and VFX used in the movie, the production budget would naturally be higher than any average movie. In fact, higher than any other movie!

Having expended an eye-watering $209 million, Valerian is the most expensive independent movie ever made. Director Besson accrued the hefty sum after he independently crowd-sourced and also shelled out from his own pocket.

Valerian is technically a French film – the director is French, producers are French, the distributors are French, music and cinematographers are French – so it is also the most expensive European movie to date.

A lot is running on the movie (financially), while the expectations are also equally sky-high.

2.The movie has more than 2700 VFX shots

The earlier point mentioned about the huge number of VFX shots. Well, here’s an approximate count of it.

According to the data collected, the movie involves more than 2700 VFX shots. Now that’s far higher than an average count. The lead pair DeHaan and Delevingne have also spoken about working with green and blue screens most of the time, in an interview last year.These impressive figures suggest the whole new level of visual treat which the movie brings!

Have you kept your 3D glasses ready?

3.The number of aliens too is damn high!

Valerian is set in a fictional space station called Alpha, where millions of creatures belonging to hundreds of races live in harmony. And by creatures, one can obviously mean one thing – aliens.Not just a few aliens, but 200 different varieties of them!

The idea behind this is to give a realistic feeling about the outer world where these creatures inhibit, but it also signifies the effort put in the world-building for this movie.

Now you know why so many VFX shots!

4.Valerian is spawned across just 24 hours

The movie may be high on outer universe adventure, but the whole narrative takes place over the course of just 24 hours.Valerian and Laureline, the main protagonists are sent to the ever-expanding metropolis of Alpha on a mission to retrieve a mysterious ‘convertor’ whilst they also have to fight off the menace of a dark force that threatens to destroy the city. All of this in just one day!

Though the movie clocks at 2 hours and 17 minutes, expect fine detailing of every aspect of the movie as a result of the 24-hour narrative.Co-produced by Luc Besson and his wife Virginie Besson-Silla, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets releases this Friday.



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