Valerian is profoundly terrible on multiple levels and Luc Besson has completely lost whatever he once had 20 years ago. Had more people gone to see it, they'd probably point out all of the revolting borderline racist and antisemitic undertones (that are SUPER DATED TO BOOT) in particular characters aside from the fact that Rihanna was utterly wasted in her role. Fun fact: the French original is called Valerian et Laureline (y'know, the name of his female co-star that bails him out each time?), but Besson called it Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets instead and doubles down on the renaming by treating Laureline as the recipient of abuse throughout. After watching it, it was kinda obvious why Mila Jovovich divorced his ass.
As to your actual question, the aliens made a hologram of their home world (or something) on the ship by using the pearl and fuzzy mascot thing. I can barely remember the dull dialogue, but they literally say this as a line to the tune of "we can't bring our home world back, but we can do this" and they escape into space and then there's James Bond space sex because of course there is.
@dudeglove: it's so weird seeing the first response of americans is to fear government intervention; as a EU citizien I tend (not always) to rejoice when the various commissions start to look into stuff like this. It really makes the different attitudes very apparent
There's a whole bunch of reasons for this attitude (from widespread incompetence over the years through corruption and lobbying to the - you guessed it - second amendment), but my personal favorite is pinning it on Reagan who famously said while running for the presidency
And then we had Reaganomics. Yay. If you're looking for who helped cultivate this rapacious predatory capitalist hellscape, he's a good place to start. In a way he ended up being completely correct after all.
On a more serious note, it's all too common nowadays, particularly with tech companies, for Europe to regulate the US. Germany has slapped Facebook around, both Google/Android and Microsoft got smacked for antitrust/anti-monopoly (play store and browser stuff), Uber got banned in London and now the land of chocolate is bringing the thunder to EA.
If Valve was interested in making games, they would, but they haven't been that way for a very long time and are unlikely to change. If anything, they're the ones setting the example for always online microtransaction BS plaguing big budget games, but we all keep giving them a pass for this behavior because of its legacy and Steam's ubiquity.
I saw two films at the weekend, bizarrely both have connections to George Clooney:
Suburbicon was a disappointment. This seems due to it being a movie written by the Coen Bros. but not directed by them. I've always been interested in George Clooney since Three Kings, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night and Good Luck (they are all excellent films) but Suburbicon is hamfisted in its delivery. What you expect as some sort of retro thriller turns out to be a pastiche of Hitchcock references running alongside a barely-baked side plot about a black family moving into a predominantly white neighbourhood while Matt Damon does a series of bad things that don't seem particularly well justified. The thing is that none of them works - the "all in the family" intrigue falls flat, while the near cartoonish racist behavior exhibited serves next to no purpose (and if you've paid any attention to any media in the past, oooh decade? it's all predictable). The film is a waste of talent and your time. Oscar Isaacs and the two mobsters (one of which is the bad guy from True Detective) steal the show and there are some funny points, but it's not one of their greats. 2/5 - watch it on a plane.
Moon at a British Council screening. This film is from 2009, only cost about five million to make and mostly stars Sam Rockwell alone on the Moon working as a sort of space trucker meets oil rig worker harvesting moon dust (last time I saw him was in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). With such a limited budget, the film instead focuses on delivering on far less resource-consuming things like CG and instead on things like ACTING and WORLD BUILDING and my goodness what a palette cleanser after Suburbicon. I won't spoil anything about the plot, but I will say that it's so goddamn refreshing to have seen a film that tries to subvert the genres you think it's aping with things like Kevin Spacey's benevolent AI (as opposed to, y'know, HAL) or... well, I won't ruin it, all the while exploring the actual big topics (what does it mean to be human? what are memories?). Clint Mansell's score is fantastic. I cannot recommend seeing this film enough. A completely solid 5/5