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4.0 out of 5 stars "Now we've mastered the unbelievable, let's perform the impossible".
In 1912, and around 135 million years after being laid, a pterodactyl egg in a Parisian museum hatches and causes panic. Sightings of the flying monster are reported by newspapers and a chain of investigators delegate the case until a big game hunter is brought in to find the prehistoric creature. However, re-animating the pterodactyl was only a practice run for Professor...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun romp
From some of the reviews you can see that many people really like this movie and a few others were distinctly underwhelmed, as for me I'm right in the middle - not a great film, but certainly not a bad one either. If I had to give it a one liner it would be "a great family fun movie" and certainly worth viewing. Just enjoy the fun characters, don't think too much about...
Published on 14 Jun 2012 by Paul


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Now we've mastered the unbelievable, let's perform the impossible"., 6 Aug 2011
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In 1912, and around 135 million years after being laid, a pterodactyl egg in a Parisian museum hatches and causes panic. Sightings of the flying monster are reported by newspapers and a chain of investigators delegate the case until a big game hunter is brought in to find the prehistoric creature. However, re-animating the pterodactyl was only a practice run for Professor Espérandieu, his ultimate aim is to assist the beautiful Adèle Blanc-Sec...

When Adèle first appears in the film she is on an expedition to Cairo. She hopes to retrieve the mummified body of a Pharaoh's doctor who (once brought back to life) will be able to heal her comatose sister. The plot may sound ridiculous but the overall look of the film manages to pull it off without looking like a mess. The turn-of-the-century setting is blended with a modern style and visuals which almost make this feel like a fairy-tale world. Some of the characters have prosthetics which give them an otherworldly appearance which places them in an alternate reality and allow the viewer to accept the implausible concept. Inspector Conrad, for example, looks like Monty Python's Mister Creosote and Mademoiselle Blanc-Sec has the appearance of Mary Poppins crossed with Indiana Jones.

CGI is used extensively in the film and for the most part it looks very good, but there are some sequences involving CGI human's which aren't as convincing as the pterodactyl.

This is based on a series of French language comics and the madcap adventure has translated well to film, it is quite whimsical and often involves farcical comedy, the comedy element of the film means that you never really feel that anyone is ever in any peril (which perhaps detracts from some of the drama) and this is ultimately a light-hearted adventure. Adèle is feisty and beautiful, her plight provides an emotional insight which is good as there is little character development to her otherwise.

If you want madcap French comedy then Micmacs does it better (one of my favourite films of the last few years) and when it comes to breathtaking visuals, Luc Besson did it best with the black and white Angel-A which is jaw-droppingly beautiful. This however is a fun swashbuckling film with larger than life characters and a good dose of the occult. I don't think it will be as highly regarded as others in Besson's back catalogue but it's certainly enjoyable and the humour comes through well. This is one of his more mainstream films and should appeal to a wider audience, especially with so much of it looking familiar (there are scenes reminiscent of Indiana Jones and The Mummy), it's a shame that many will only entertain foreign language films if they look like Hollywood fayre, this certainly has that look in places but the Gallic humour and fantasy-esque visuals ensure that this is still stylishly individual.

In a nutshell: A quirky, pre-war romp which captures the energy and excitement of a Jules Verne adventure. It's great to see a strong female lead in a film which isn't averse to not taking itself too seriously.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun romp, 14 Jun 2012
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From some of the reviews you can see that many people really like this movie and a few others were distinctly underwhelmed, as for me I'm right in the middle - not a great film, but certainly not a bad one either. If I had to give it a one liner it would be "a great family fun movie" and certainly worth viewing. Just enjoy the fun characters, don't think too much about the holes in the plot would have been 4 stars but for the rather poor special effects in places.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Now we've mastered the unbelievable, let's perform the impossible"., 21 April 2011
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In 1912, and around 135 million years after being laid, a pterodactyl egg in a Parisian museum hatches and causes panic. Sightings of the flying monster are reported by newspapers and a chain of investigators delegate the case until a big game hunter is brought in to find the prehistoric creature. However, re-animating the pterodactyl was only a practice run for Professor Espérandieu, his ultimate aim is to assist the beautiful Adèle Blanc-Sec...

When Adèle first appears in the film she is on an expedition to Cairo. She hopes to retrieve the mummified body of a Pharaoh's doctor who (once brought back to life) will be able to heal her comatose sister. The plot may sound ridiculous but the overall look of the film manages to pull it off without looking like a mess. The turn-of-the-century setting is blended with a modern style and visuals which almost make this feel like a fairy-tale world. Some of the characters have prosthetics which give them an otherworldly appearance which places them in an alternate reality and allow the viewer to accept the implausible concept. Inspector Conrad, for example, looks like Monty Python's Mister Creosote and Mademoiselle Blanc-Sec has the appearance of Mary Poppins crossed with Indiana Jones.

CGI is used extensively in the film and for the most part it looks very good, but there are some sequences involving CGI human's which aren't as convincing as the pterodactyl.

This is based on a series of French language comics and the madcap adventure has translated well to film, it is quite whimsical and often involves farcical comedy, the comedy element of the film means that you never really feel that anyone is ever in any peril (which perhaps detracts from some of the drama) and this is ultimately a light-hearted adventure. Adèle is feisty and beautiful, her plight provides an emotional insight which is good as there is little character development to her otherwise.

If you want madcap French comedy then Micmacs does it better (one of my favourite films of the last few years) and when it comes to breathtaking visuals, Luc Besson did it best with the black and white Angel-A which is jaw-droppingly beautiful. This however is a fun swashbuckling film with larger than life characters and a good dose of the occult. I don't think it will be as highly regarded as others in Besson's back catalogue but it's certainly enjoyable and the humour comes through well. This is one of his more mainstream films and should appeal to a wider audience, especially with so much of it looking familiar (there are scenes reminiscent of Indiana Jones and The Mummy), it's a shame that many will only entertain foreign language films if they look like Hollywood fayre, this certainly has that look in places but the Gallic humour and fantasy-esque visuals ensure that this is still stylishly individual.

In a nutshell: A quirky, pre-war romp which captures the energy and excitement of a Jules Verne adventure. It's great to see a strong female lead in a film which isn't averse to not taking itself too seriously.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely movies based on a great French comic book series, 10 Jun 2011
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I wasn't too sure about this. I've been more and more disappointed each time I've seen a Besson movie and I was dreading this, but the result is absolutely charming. It's fun, witty,well-paced, with a dose of second degree humour and a huge dose of gallic charm.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good, 9 Jun 2012
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Such a good fun film, funny as only the French can do, slap stick, farce, crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations. Yes it's "Indiana" clone but more fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie!, 4 Mar 2012
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Must we really be submitted to adverts for stuff like confectionary at the beginning? Surely by buying our own DVD we are buying the right not to be advertised at? Yeesh!

The movie itself was great fun! You couldn't predict the script and we really enjoyed Adele's lively character. One to keep and watch again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure for Girls, 19 Feb 2012
I bought this and sat down to watch it with my daughter. What complete fun! Not all adventures belong to boys. Highly recommended if you've got a girl in the family who doesn't quite fit the fluffy princess mold. (And you'd like something a little less rambunctious than, say, something like "La Femme Nikita.")
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones eat your heart out, 17 Jan 2012
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It's so refreshing to watch a film with a great deal of humour, enough twists and turns to make one giddy and a really original take on action films.
I won't reveal the plot but the setting, decade and attitudes are delightful. Subtitled but even that is funny. I'm so pleased as I stumbled on it via Love Film, had to have a copy for my collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In many ways great but..., 18 Nov 2011
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"Amalie meets Indiana Jones" as it quotes from a review on the front cover of the DVD... in many ways true - the film is very well made, and the actors couldn't be better for the parts, but unfortunately something is lacking for me.
Luc Besson has directed many great and very different films such as: "The Fifth Element", "Leon", "Nikita"... And when I read the description of this film it just sounded so good. There are many enjoyable and funny moments, but I must admit that it left me with the impression of being just a little too silly and lightweight in nature.

If you are looking for extraordinary hilarious, imaginative film with substance and depth, then check out the films "Amalie", "Delicatessen", "MicMacs", by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, they really have substance, no matter how far out and "mad-cap" they get, you get a feeling that everything is connected - those film are really extraordinary. I mention these titles because there is an evident resemblance in style - take a look for yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Charming, 15 Nov 2011
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I've seen lots of very average reviews of this film, so was expecting some impressive visuals but was prepared to be disappointed overall. Quite the reverse was true - this is an utterly charming fantasy obviously made with a great deal of love. There are lots of comparisons to Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, but these comparisons are totally superficial based purely on the relatively brief archaelogical exploits at the beginning of the film. What these comparisons don't encompass are the humour, the wonderful characters cum charicatures and delightful absurdity of it all. It's not supposed to be a rip-roaring edge of the seat action film - it's supposed to be fun - and it is - in spades.

This is firmly based in French fantasy comics - no-one making this film had either Indy or Lara in mind when making this, and such comparisons are simply lazy. I'd thoroughly recommend parking any preconceptions you may have, and simply enjoying what is a great film.
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