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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets: Space tale lacks atmosphere

 

By Damon Smith

Armed with a reported budget of around $200m, French writer-director Luc Besson delivers a rip-roaring spectacle that assaults the eyes but seldom touches the heart.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets brazenly melds elements of Star Wars and Avatar to explore the destruction of otherworldly races in the 28th century.

It's evident that this is the opening salvo of a potential franchise, but it's hard to see further adventures for these poorly sketched characters when on-screen chemistry between leads Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne is inert and plotting is so haphazard.

Two stars

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