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2.5
642 Ratings

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Directed by Luc Besson
France, China, 2017
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

Time-traveling agent Valerian is sent to investigate a galactic empire, along with his partner Laureline.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Directed by Luc Besson
These subtle uses of 3D can also be seen against the backdrop of Valerian, a neo-retro homage to the sci-fi of yesteryear. A failed blockbuster that may well become a cult classic, like his 1997 The Fifth Element, Valerian is a maximalist experiment in 3D technology and a mishmash of anything and everything you can imagine in any dimension, including serving as a vehicle for star turns by likes of Rihanna as a shapeshifting alien and Ethan Hawke as a fast-talking pimp.
August 21, 2017
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It’s a movie that always seems to be frantically paddling to keep from being submerged by its own ambition. But what ambition… It looks arresting, an eye-searing assault of neon and overstuffed special effects. But given the sheer complexity of the worlds in which the story plays out, it’s not surprising that we lose the thread of the action once in a while. The writing simply isn’t strong enough to compete with the visual impact.
August 06, 2017
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It doesn’t help that all the players in the film seem bored by their roles. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne are especially wooden, failing to generate even the slightest chemistry. As a result, one appreciates Valerian for its incidental details, like the design of the alien races or the intergalactic tchotchkes that litter the various environments. These details… sustain one’s interest for a while, but not enough to keep the movie from feeling like a slog at two hours and 17 minutes.
July 26, 2017
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