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2017, Aliens

VALARIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017)

Duration 2h 17m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A comic book (graphic novel?) series “Valarian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and Jean Claude Mézières
Writer/s Script Luc Besson
Director Luc Besson
Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Sam Spruell
Elevator Pitch In the distant future the city of the title is a vast complex of environments drifting through space and housing many differing life forms who combine their skills to administer it. But it is threatened by an increasingly large no-go area in the centre, and so two special agents are given the task of finding out what it is and why it is there.
Content A whole variety of set pieces starting with a visit to an alternative reality, and then progressing through the multiple environments of the space city, sometimes on foot, sometimes in special suits and sometimes in space craft. At times one of the two agents is lost, captured or other and so needs to be rescued. There is no nudity although some humanoid aliens wear little, no sex except for a bit of snogging, and no drugs.
A View The acting is poor, the dialogue is lamentable, there are plot holes but it is terrific fun. So if you like a space opera and have admired any of the director’s work in the past it is worth the money to see it on the big screen. If you are not familiar with his stuff, rent “The Fifth Element” first.

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