Combustible Celluloid
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With: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Philippe Nahon, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jacky Nercessian, Nicolas Giraud, Frédérique Bel, Laure de Clermont, Swann Arlaud
Written by: Luc Besson, based on comics by Jacques Tardi
Directed by: Luc Besson
MPAA Rating: PG for some violence, language, brief sensuality and rude humor
Language: French, with English subtitles
Running Time: 107
Date: 04/14/2010

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Socker Mummies

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This delightful, speedy, breezy adventure movie, based on French comic books, barely saw a release in U.S. theaters, but it shows director Luc Besson at the top of his game. Lovely Louise Bourgoin stars as the intrepid, unflappable early 20th century heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec, who, above all, is looking for a way to revive her comatose sister. From an Egyptian tomb she retrieves a mummy (fighting and escaping from bad guys along the way), which is said to contain the secrets she needs. But to use it, she needs the help of a professor who is currently in jail for hatching a 136 million year-old pterosaur egg. Eventually the pterosaur and an army of re-animated mummies are on the loose, as well as bumbling big-game hunters, and it's up to Adèle to set everything right. The visual effects are not exactly tip-top, but they do the job, and they contribute to the movie's overall sense of care-free exuberance and joy. The humor is just the right combination of deadpan and slapstick, and the breathless pacing breaks at just the right spot.

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