The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (12A)

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (12A)
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Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche
Director Luc Besson is perhaps the director who has made the transition from France across the Atlantic most successfully. As a director he has been responsible for such cult classics as The Fifth Element and Leon, as well as penning the Transporter series and Taken, among others. With a keen eye for drama amidst his sharply executed action sequences, femme fatales and trippy visuals, a Besson film can be many things, but never dull.
Adele Blanc-Sec (Bourgoin) is ostensibly Indiana Jones as written by Jane Austin – an intrepid explorer seeking ancient treasure, who happens to be a lady. Do not confuse Adele for Lara Croft – this is certainly a better affair, as it breezes through without the pretensions of the other Jones rip-off. Equally, Louise Bourgoin is a far more amiable presence than Ms Jolie, both feisty and vulnerable, giving real heart to proceedings.
As one character states, with Adele Blanc-Sec it is best to not ask how or why – such answers are unnecessary and really distract from the pleasure of the experience. More than once, the quirk sails perilously close to farce, but eventually manages to emerge, admittedly with a few bumps and bruises, as an enjoyable adventure romp with plenty of charm.
Words by Ali Bianchi


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