The 1970s French classic comic book series The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec comes to life in the international film from director Luc Besson. Now thanks to Shout Factory the film is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in the US in a two-disc Blu-ray combo pack.
The film follows the story of a young reporter in 1912 and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey takes her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands going to any length to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile in Paris, a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on display in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the creature subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. This film is part Indiana Jones with a bit of Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket thrown in for good measure to create a fantasy adventure film that is pretty fun. From the looks of the trailers this film doesn’t seem like it has much to offer and looks as though it was going to be one of those period artsy style films, but it turns out to be something totally different. There is a decent story with some old school style adventure action for the first half of the film all while a fantasy story is brewing leading to the second half of the story. The special effects aren’t always the greatest but still works well enough to bring this story to life featuring some effect laden characters that are reminiscent of Dick Tracy. While there are elements that are similar to numerous fan favorite films they are used well enough here that it manages to make a film that feels like something different that’s what we usually see come along and is great for the whole family.
This isn’t a perfect film by any means, but does seem to have that old school adventure feel offering up a film that is sure to entertain on some level and works for all ages. This is a foreign film, but this Shout Factory release is English dubbed with an audio track that seems to work and match each of the characters well. There is talks of a trilogy and this film does leave it open for more adventures so only time will tell if we will see Adele Blanc-Sec solve more mysteries.
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