The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec stars Louise Bourgoin and is directed by Luc Besson who also directed The Fifth Element.
Film making 4/5
Bonus Features 2/5
Recommendation 3/5 Stars
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec stars Louise Bourgoin and is directed and written by Luc Besson who also directed The Fifth Element. Luc Besson’s unique style highlights this films sense of adventure along with fantasy elements that make for a fun movie.
Adele Blanc-Sec raises the dead trying to find a cure for her sister who fell on a hat pin and is comatose due to the hat pin through her head. Adele first goes to Egypt trying to find the doctor of Ramses II who is rumored to be a great healer.
While Adele is finding her mummy a pterodactyl is snatching small animals from France after a scientist uses magic to partially control the pterodactyl. Adele succeeds in bringing the mummy back to life only to find out he is actually a physicist and not a doctor.
Adele uses the help of the number cruncher to find and resurrect the other mummies that are Ramses to find the doctor that can help her sister. In the end Adele is reunited with her sister when they raise the group of mummies entombed with the pharaoh and find the real doctor that removes the hat pin from Adele’s sister.
Indiana Jones is an obvious comparison down to the raising of the dead and Egyptian tomb raiding but the films do differ enough. Adele Blanc-Sec has a different sort of flair than Indiana but both get the final result of being right and saving the day in the end.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec does pretty good with the story and acting but voice does add an odd twist to the film. The original film used French actors and they spoke French during the initial filming and later dubbed the voices in English.
The Blu-ray edition comes in French and English dubbed sound tracks that work well but if you’re not fluent with French the English dub is a bit distracting. The film has the original French with English being dubbed in but the difference of voice and lip movement in English can be annoying.
Video quality is excellent with great looking color and no problems what so ever throughout the film but it does have a clean look to it. The film has a specific clarity and looks very good even in the darker scenes like Paris at night but daylight scenes really standout well.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is a good film but only has one making of feature with some deleted scenes and a music featurette. The making of feature is the only extra really worthwhile but it does contain about the right amount of interviews and information about the film that it works out well.
Bonus content is a bit short but good enough so the film at least has something in the way of extras even if it is only a half hour long. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is a fun adventure in the same vein as Indiana Jones with enough differences that a gentle comparison is all you get.
I highly recommend The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec as a fun adventure that even with English dubbing you have a good film for a rental or purchase.