Les adventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec aka The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) – 6/10 fantasy adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Louise Bourgoin: Adèle Blanc-Sec
Mathieu Amalric: Dieuleveult
Gilles Lellouche: Caponi
Jean-Paul Rouve: Justin de Saint Hubert
Writer (Original Comic Book Series): Jacques Tardi
Director: Luc Besson
Producer: Virginie Besson-Silla
Writer: Luc Besson

Les adventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec aka The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)

In Paris, a professor uses the power of his mind to give life to a dormant prehistoric pterodactyl. In Egypt, Adèle Blanc-Sec is in dangerous company seeking the tomb of a Pharaoh and his legendary physician. Yes, they are connected. No, I’m not telling you how.

6/10

Always lacking that extra bit of life or magic, this Luc Besson movie is slightly disappointing despite a virile leading lady, some wild ideas and the best mummies in movie history. Curiously, it opens, not like a Luc Besson movie (pan forward, tilt up) but a Jean-Pierre Jeunet one, and it ends on a incongruously down-beat manner though it clearly should be a nice little gag to send the audience out on. Besson also fluffs the main Indiana Jones-inspired action sequence (in Egypt) by subjecting it to contemporary editing shapelessness and a callous disregard even for movie physics let alone physics physics. However, it is entertaining, the mummies are great and Louise Bourgoin as Miss Blanc-Sec is charismatic, energetic and luminious.

This movie contains unpleasant scenes and non-sexual female nudity.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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