Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec)

2010

Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec)

Critics Consensus

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is an old-school adventure yarn with a distaff European - and generally rather delightful - spin.

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User Ratings: 3,564
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Movie Info

Luc Besson directs this big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. The movie stars Louise Bourgoin as the title character, an independent-minded writer who becomes embroiled in a mystery involving mummies, bad guys, and dinosaurs in pre World War I Paris. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Cast

Louise Bourgoin
as Adèle Blanc-Sec
Mathieu Amalric
as Dieuleveult
Gilles Lellouche
as Inspector Caponi
Jean-Paul Rouve
as Justin de Saint-Hubert
Philippe Nahon
as Prof. Ménard
Nicolas Giraud
as Zborowski
Gérard Chaillou
as President Fallières
Jacky Nercessian
as Espérandieu
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Audience Reviews for Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec)

  • Apr 04, 2016
    Not my taste at all, but okay for what it was. Far fetched French fantasy with plucky likeable heroine.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2015
    Adele Blanc-Sec(Louise Bourgoin) has just bested intransigent camels and Professor Dieuleveult(Mathieu Amalric) to obtain a priceless mummy in Egypt. On her return to Paris, she learns a pterodactyl is on the loose that has already been blamed for killing three people, including a former precept and a showgirl. Professor Menard(Philippe Nahon) whose help Adele needs has been arrested for the crime. "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec" has all the makings of a good movie, namely a spirited heroine for the ages who has a thing for creative inscriptions, a mad scientist, Mathieu Amalric and a flying dinosaur. But the reason this is not anything more than a slightly fun diversion is its overreliance on juvenile comic relief, causing it to actually forget it has a plot at times. That's not to mention it ending on a rather strange note. All of which proves, with the possible exception of last year's "Lucy," that it is probably wise not to trust Luc Besson to do anything right.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2014
    Uninspired, with odd attempts of humor and an unlikable heroine, this adventure wants to be a French Indiana Jones but fails on pretty much every level. Even for a film with fantastic elements, the plot holes are huge and the unlikeliness keeps adding up to a degree where this is merely a comedy. At least the special effects are somewhat decent, but when the entire cast of characters consists of idiots or arrogant pricks, there is little to hang on to. Disappointing.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2014
    First things first, and this was really strange thing to me, but during Adele's journey to Egypt, she hires these Egyptian guides to help her recover Patmosis' tomb. Instead of actually hiring Egyptian actors, or people of color, they went ahead and painted white actors to look a LOT darker. What the fuck??? Maybe they wanted to give it an authentic feel of it being a '40s action-adventure film, where racial insensitivity was the order of the day. But, you know what, the '40s have come and gone and this type of shit is simply unacceptable. I have no idea as to what would drive a person into thinking that this was a good idea. If anyone of color decided to stop watching this movie because of that, I wouldn't blame them at all. It was a very stupid thing to do. With that little rant out of the way, I enjoyed this movie, racial insensitivity aside. It's definitely style over substance and it doesn't require much brainpower to enjoy. And as escapist entertainment goes, you can't really go wrong. It's not a perfect movie by any means, but it knows not to take itself too seriously. Part of its charm is that it is so purposely campy and silly. Another thing in the film's favor is its quick pace. The film simply doesn't feel as long as it is and that's, I think that's one of the most important things in a film that's all about escapism, it needs to be quick paced. I liked the actress who played Adele, she was quick-witted and charming. But I had a problem with how her character was developed. She comes across as incredibly selfish in her quest to save her sister. She's willing to let multiple people die in order to save her sister. It's not exactly relatable and it makes her, at times, unlikable. But still, that's a minor complaint. The film is funny and the cast is damn good. With that said, and taking the Egyptian guides bullshit, I had a lot of fun watching this movie. It's silly and goofy and that's part of its charm.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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