The extraordinary adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

The extraordinary adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

DVD - 2010 | French
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Adele, a redheaded, wisecracking, hard-living adventurer-cum-novelist living in pre-WWI France is on a mission in Egypt. She is attempting to retrieve a sarcophagus and tote it back to Western Europe. She succeeds on both fronts, but runs headfirst into another issue: a Parisian scientist with the power to heal Adele's comatose sister has accidentally let loose an ancient Pterodactyl above the Parisian skies. While a zany detective and a hunter attempt to eliminate the creature
Publisher: [United States] : Shout! Factory, 2010
Branch Call Number: DVD Extraordinary
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

Lukewarm riff on the Lara Croft/Indiana Jones theme in which our eponymous heroine, globe-trotting journalist Adèle Blanc-Sec, regularly braves outrageous perils and narrow escapes in order to supply her publisher with the most fantastic tales. It is 1911, and Blanc-Sec is currently scouring the Sahara desert searching for the final resting place of Patmosis, the brilliant physician to pharaoh Ramses II, in the hopes that his mummified remains will somehow provide a clue to treating her comatose sister back in Paris. But the evil Professor Dieuleveult is hot on her trail and the one person who can help her has a date with the guillotine. And as if that is not enough, upon her return to France she is romantically pursued by a lovestruck zoologist and her plans are constantly being dashed by a posse of bumbling detectives and a rather persistent pterodactyl. Yes, a pterodactyl. Although pretty to look at, lead actress Louise Bourgoin lacks both the edgy sensuality of Croft and the droll self-effacing humour of Jones making her swashbuckling adventures seem strangely pedestrian. Furthermore, although director Luc Besson makes excellent use of some very clever CGI effects (a gaggle of wise-cracking mummies brought a smile to my face) the film’s comic book inspiration becomes painfully obvious as everything starts to get very silly towards the end; his final scene is a narrative misstep of titanic proportions. Entertaining for what it’s worth, but I think I’ll pass on the promised sequel.

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Anistasya
Oct 21, 2014

An unexpectedly entertaining adventure film with a fun and feisty heroine. My best comparison would be a combination of Amile and Lara Croft. Adele is an excellent protagonist, and well acted. The story has unexpected non-Hollywood moments that come as a breath of fresh air in an all too often predictable film industry.
Definitely worth a watch. Just note that there is a bit of nudity, randomly, as many French films seem to do.

chrdown Jun 28, 2014

I picked this up in the children's room of the library, but I wish I would have looked into it before watching it with my kids. There was a sexual scene that I was very uncomfortable watching with my 14 year old (it was subtle enough that my 8-year-old just thought the characters were being weird) and there was a graphic scene involving a long pin going through a woman's head that really disturbed my 8-year-old.

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Sanrin
May 02, 2014

Based on graphic novels by Jacques Tardi, which the BPL also has, this movie is fun, extravagantly vivid to look at, with colorful characters. My favorite character is the mummy, Patmosis (?), and my favorite scene is of Adele and her twin sister Agathe playing tennis. They agree to play just one round to avoid competition, but the round that starts off friendly and fun gradually turns heated. Beautiful sets and costumes.

brontelit87 Nov 19, 2013

This is a zany, bizarre story. I would have preferred the movie to be subtitled rather than dubbed. Anyway, the actors were all good in their roles. This movie is a fun watch. It moves very quickly and there are lots of moments of humor in it. Overall, it's not my cup of tea, but watch it anyway. It's an eccentric, enjoyable movie.

Glencoe_Mike Nov 02, 2013

A French female Indiana Jones. Lots of fun in plot and visuals.

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Oct 21, 2014

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chrdown thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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