Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson (2017)

131min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Stunningly beautiful, spectacularly baroque, slightly banal and totally bonkers, Luc (The Fifth Element) Besson's visually astonishing sci-fi extravaganza is the acclaimed French director's Avatar. Valerian (Dane DeHaan, a bit boring) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne, truly excellent) are 28th-century operatives investigating a mysterious radioactive zone at the centre of Alpha City, home to a thousand alien species, including shape-shifting cabaret diva Rihanna (great). What they find there exposes a planetary genocide cover-up affecting the fate of the entire universe. With multi-dimensional battles, mind-reading jellyfish parasites, scaly creatures laying power-rich pearl eggs... the imagination is continuously boggled by the kinetic action, slick satire, social conscience and futuristic camp. An eye-popping fantasy adventure exploring original creative-design terrain for an altogether different Euro-epic ride, Besson's ultra-hip meld of Star Wars and Solaris is a sometimes silly space opera of the most bizarre yet exhilarating kind.

Cast & Crew

Valerian Dane DeHaan
Laureline Cara Delevingne
Commander Arün Filitt Clive Owen
Bubble Rihanna
Jolly the Pimp Ethan Hawke
Defence minister Herbie Hancock
Sergeant Neza Kris Wu
President of the World State Federation Rutger Hauer
Igon Siruss John Goodman
Haban Limaï Elizabeth Debicki
General Okto Bar Sam Spruell
Bob the Pirate Alain Chabat
Director Luc Besson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Aug 2017