Clive Owen

Luc Besson's 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' is a dazzling, dimwitted space opera

Luc Besson's 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' is a dazzling, dimwitted space opera

In his ludicrously entertaining 2014 science-fiction thriller, “Lucy,” the French director Luc Besson gave us a chemically enhanced action heroine with the rare ability to harness 100% of her brainpower. Besson’s latest futuristic whatsit, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” seems determined to induce the opposite effect in the viewer. When you enter the theater, you can pick up your 3-D glasses with one hand and drop off your brain with the other.

All in all, you might not consider it the worst exchange. A passion project for Besson, who has long wanted to film an adaptation of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’ comic-book series “Valerian and...

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