Valerian and the City of a Thousands Planets (review)

Valerian and the City of a Thousands Planets (review)
Valerian and the City of a Thousands Planets (review)
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This adventure takes place in a future world that’s populated by dozens of alien creatures in extraordinary environments. And it’s surprising that a film so jammed with fantastic visuals can fall so flat. Two humans (Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne) have a mission to save the titular metropolis and ultimately the universe. This is another setback: DeHaan has none of the charm or charisma of an adventure hero and his chemistry with Delevingne never sparks. But most surprising is that director Luc Besson, who’s best known for action series (Taken, The Transporter), has created such anemic encounters here. There’s plenty of running and fighting, but it’s never staged with any creativity or excitement.  Even the remarkable sci-fi elements that are crammed into every frame lose some of their spark after a while, plus the mundane writing and leaden drama dilute any appeal offered by the dazzling (and sometimes derivative) imagery.

 

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

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