Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) lead this galactic sci-fi adventure from Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), based on the classic graphic novel series that's inspired countless films including Star Wars. Also stars Clive Owen (Children of Men) and Rihanna.

Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner - blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time - uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

2017Rating: M, Science fiction violence137 minsFrance
ActionAdventureScience FictionBlockbuster
Director:
Luc Besson ('Lucy', 'The Fifth Element', 'Leon: The Professional')
Writer:
Luc Besson
Cast:
Dane DeHaanCara DelevingneClive OwenRihannaEthan HawkeRutger HauerHerbie Hancock

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

It’s not surprising that there are some visually interesting moments to behold in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. As thoroughly-documented elsewhere, Luc Besson’s space adventure is both the most expensive European film, and most expensive independent film, ever made. With much of The Fifth Element’s charm coming from being overstuffed with ideas and visually overloaded by Besson to joyously crazy proportions, you’d be forgiven from expecting the same here given the resources employed.

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Vulture

Vulture

I worry that people will minimize Besson's achievement because of his herky-jerky script, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is more than the sum of its effects.

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Variety

Variety

An expansive, expensive adventure whose creativity outweighs its more uneven elements.

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Time Out

Time Out

If we're going to have space operas, let them sing in the strangest accents possible.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The City might be an interesting place to spend some time if a busy and chaotic story didn't keep getting in the way, and if we were allowed to hang out for a little while longer with Ethan Hawke and Rihanna.

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NPR

NPR

Valerian is exuberant, extravagant, and generally likable. Yet many parts of the movie just don't work. Sticklers for things like acting and dialogue are likely to be dissatisfied.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

When you enter the theatre, you can pick up your 3-D glasses with one hand and drop off your brain with the other. All in all, you might not consider it the worst exchange.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The Razzies don't need to wait until the end of the year to anoint a winner for 2017. The Golden Turkey Awards should be republished with a new cover.

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