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Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)


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Writer-director-producer Luc Besson's affinity for megabudgeted, FX-heavy adventure spectacles is well-known and publicized; with his outing The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, he adds yet another chapter to this tradition. An adaptation of a popular French comic book from the 1970s, it stars Louise Bourgoin (The Girl from Monaco) as the redheaded title character, a wisecracking, hard-living adventurer-cum-novelist living in pre-WWI France. As the tale opens, Adele is on a mission


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It all plays on one note of droll flippancy, which, while pleasingly mordant, is all style and very little substance.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is what comic-book movies look like when they're not blown up into $200 million monstrosities: friendly and eldritch and kinda cosy even in the middle of outrageous escapades.

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The film lacks the more corrosive aspects of [Jacques] Tardi's work, but Besson replaces it with something that gives the story a larger shape and meaning.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Visually impressive old-school fun, anchored by a charmingly confident performance from Louise Bourgoin.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

[Blu-ray Review] It's got first-rate, photorealistic CGI effects, fine period art direction and costumes, and features an irresistible lead performance.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

A spirited, if chaotic, fantasy adventure that pilfers the best bits from Indiana Jones and gives them a distinctly Gallic flavour.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

It is a pleasure to look at, but the performances are heavy-handed rather than pleasantly stylised and the whimsy over-abundant.

April 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Children will undoubtedly delight in this juvenile cartoonish caper.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The plot, is frankly, completely barmy but it's directed with panache and energy by Luc Besson and is good fun for the most part.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Coasts in on a waft of burlesque acting and droll good humour, with each episode metaphorically framed by quotation marks.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This is a thoroughly likeable romp, astutely grounded by its no-nonsense protagonist and a healthy line in gallows - or rather, guillotine - humour.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Flagrantly silly, but also disarmingly feather-light and charming.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A film that's never quite as witty or thrilling as you'd hope, yet marches defiantly to its own beat.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's all very exhuberant and well mounted but Indiana Jones it is not.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A manic mash-up of The Mummy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Q - The Winged Serpent and Night At The Museum, where a pterodactyl chick meets retro chic - but somehow it all adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Complete twaddle, trafficking heavily in bad CGI (dinosaurs, mummies) and prosthetics.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Luc Besson returns with this entertaining adventure-cum-fantasy, set in 1912, and adapted from Jacques Tardi's comic series.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Impressively directed and beautifully designed, this is a highly entertaining and frequently funny action-adventure romp with a witty script, great special effects and a terrific central performance from rising star Louise Bourgoin.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

while there is absurdity aplenty on display here, the film also requires a very high tolerance for the broadest of humour and the slightest of whimsy.

April 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A romp magnifique, with enough thrills, giggles and pretty pictures to reward adventure-lovers who wouldn't normally entertain the idea of taking in a treat with subtitles.

April 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Adèle Blanc-Sec

In 1911, novelist and adventuress Adele Blanc-Sec seeks an ancient Egyptian cure to bring her twin sister out of her coma. Luc Besson's attempt to make an Indiana Jones-style blockbuster infused with French whimsy doesn't always click, but any movie that features both a pterodactyl and a mummy has something going for it.
September 22, 2013
Greg S

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Using Jacques Tardi's comic book series as his basis, Luc Besson conjures up The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.As seen in its title, the story that unfolds is quite extraordinary and bizarre, which is another way of saying that it is more wacky than it is a serious action adventure. Don't let that be a show-stopper because despite its frantic nature, this picture is an entertainer.There is a heavy reliance on CG, especially in the latter portions of the film. The fantasy characters do play an integral piece in the story, along with their amusing personalities, and their appearances are passable.The lovely Louise Bourgoin turns in a memorable performance with the frisky nature of her character, Adele, and her fine delivery of French dialogue. The rest of the supporting cast, although somewhat lost in the turmoil of things, also deliver acceptable supporting performances.Coming in at 90+ minutes, along with a small segment during the closing credits, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec ends up as an outlandishly satisfying picture.
September 19, 2011
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec follows Adèle, a writer on an adventure to discover ancient Egyptian medicine technology to remedy a sister. Whimsical. Raucously energetic. Merveilleux! A sequel is greatly anticipated.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

I can't say I've ever heard of the 70's cartoons of The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec but I might just seek them out! The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec is a great adventure film, more for adults than children though, which is probably why I like it even more. It's about bloody time Luc Besson made another live action film and I really hope that this is the first of many adventure films based on the fantastic character, Adele Blanc-Sec - played wonderfully by the very beautiful Louise Bourgoin. It's a bit like Indiana Jones/The Mummy but directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. I can see a bit of Besson's usual style here but I wouldn't say it was obvious that it's one of his films. I'm not complaining though, he's back in the game and long may he continue - although I'm baffled as to why this film has been so overlooked!? Definitely worth checking out, I may have been a bit generous with my rating but I really was pleasantly surprised by it and entertained throughout!
August 24, 2011

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Foreign Titles

  • Adèle und das Geheimnis des Pharaos (DE)
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec) (UK)
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