Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

A UNIVERSE WTHOUT BOUNDARIES NEEDS HEROES WITHOUT LIMITS. 

Centuries into the future, Valerian and Laureline (Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne) are agents working for a police force on Alpha, a space station containing millions of humans and other space races that’s suddenly threatened by an unknown force. Two decades after The Fifth Element, Luc Besson returns to sci-fi with an expensive and colorful adventure in 3D. Imaginative, with a fun, brief performance by Ethan Hawke as ”Jolly the Pimp”… but ultimately more like ”a thousand snores”. The leads are cute but uninvolving.

2017-France. 137 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Luc Besson, Virginie Besson-Silla. Written and directed by Luc Besson. Comic Book: Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mézières (”Valérian and Laureline”). Cast: Dane DeHaan (Valerian), Cara Delevingne (Laureline), Clive Owen (Arün Filitt), Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock… Rutger Hauer, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ola Rapace. Voice of John Goodman.

Trivia: French title: Valérian et la cité des mille planètes. Directors Louis Leterrier and Olivier Megaton show up in small roles. The comic book also inspired an animated TV series in 2007-2008.

 

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