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.


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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