The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-SecApril 14, 2010
An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 6.1/10 (6,259 voted)
Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche
Desperate to cure her near catatonic sister, intrepid authoress Adèle Blanc-Sec braves ancient Egyptian tombs and modern Egyptian lowlife to locate a mummified doctor and get him back to Paris. Her hope is that oddball Professor Espérandieu will then use his unusual powers to bring the doctor back to life so he, in turn, can use his centuries-old skills on the unfortunate sister. In Paris however Espérandieu is already causing mayhem, having brought to life what was a safe museum egg but is now a very active pterodactyl. Paris 1911 may not be the healthiest place to be.
Writers: Luc Besson, Jacques Tardi
Inspecteur Albert Caponi
Justin de Saint-Hubert
Le professeur Ménard
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
(as Laure de Clermont)
Président Armand Fallières
Nini les Gambettes
Stanislas De la Tousche
Le chauffeur Pointrenaud
Release Date: 14 April 2010
Filming Locations: Cairo, Egypt
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $112,174
(18 April 2010)
(6 May 2011)
Near the opening scenes, immediately after the can-can scene, when Mr Ferdinand Choupard arrives in front of the Jeanne D'Arc monument, the speaker says he's in the "place des pyramides" but it appears the place got this name only in 5 January 1932: in 1911, at the time when the story goes, its name was still "place de Rivoli".
An enjoyable film
Having been lucky to find it was showing at the cinema, I must admit I
jumped at the chance to see it being a fan of Luc Besson. I didn't
really know what to expect (having only seen trailers for the movie)
and I never read the original stories, however I was pleasantly
Overall the film was very funny and had some very good set pieces,
including a very enjoyable scene in Egypt and a scene in a Parisian
prison that reminded me of the slapstick nature of the original "Pink
Panthers". Louise Bourgoin was very good as the titular heroine and was
able to pull off both charm and dead-pan humour effectively throughout
the film, making her a pleasure to watch.
However I must admit that at times the plot did wear thin at places and
I would be lying if I didn't say that the story itself was very silly.
At times it felt as though I was watching a cross between "The Mummy
Returns" and "The Crystal Skull" (although this movie is a far superior
specimen) while at other times the film reverted to a more serious
adventure tone, unable to properly balance the two tones.
All in all I enjoyed the film and would happily see it again. If you
are the sort of person who enjoyed "Sahara" and "National Treasure"
then this film is for you. On the other hand fans of the more refined
explorer films such as "Raiders" might find little to relate to. That
being said I do hope for is that the film will be successful enough to
merit a sequel, even if the ending does leave it on a rather pointless