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    November 7, 2010

    MOVIE REVIEW: ADELE RISE OF THE MUMMY

    ADELE: RISE OF THE MUMMY (English/18)
    Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy
    Release Date: 28 October 2010
    Distributor:  Ram Entertainment, EuropaCorp studio
    Running Time: 100 minutes
    Directors: Luc Besson
    Producers: Luc Besson
    Writers: Luc Besson, Jacques Tardi (comic)
    Casts: Louise Bourgoin, Gilles Lellouche, Philippe Nahon
    Plot: Known as "The Extraordinary Adventure of Adele Blanc-Sec" in some territories, this movie is adapted from a comic adventure series written and illustrated by French comics artist Jacques Tardi. Set in the carefree world before World War I, Adele Blanc-Sec, an intrepid young reporter, will go to great lengths to achieve her goals, even sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile, in Paris, it's panic attack as a 136 million-year-old pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history museum has inexplicably hatched. The bird subjects the city to a reign of terror - but nothing fazes Adele Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal many more extraordinary surprises.

    THE VERDICT

    How often do you watched a French movie? Not much right? How about some Luc Besson's one which he is more famously associated with movies like Taken, The Fifth Element and Transporter trilogy? How many of you are familiar of Adele Blanc-Sec? Not really right? What about a step into her world and would you care? Why not.

    The English-dubbed French film takes place before The Great War in Paris 1912. A 136 million year old pterodactyl egg within the museum of natural history hatches and wreaks havoc on the citizens of Paris. Adele who was on her voyage to the mystical land of Egypt to find a doctor to save her little twin sister during at what it seems a hell break loose situation in Paris. It's up to Adèle Blanc-Sec to investigate and stop it.

    There isn't much grand and excitement about this movie. Perhaps, put aside those necessacities for some epic story by viewing this movie as one of those cheaper takes that resembles the Indiana Jones franchise from external view; only that it is a female version in French. The plot is pretty simple, straight-forwardly made for fun and ridiculous at the same time. Some will enjoy while some may complaint of its idiocracy because there isn't much to follow. In general assessment, the movie is not even serious. There is minimal action or zero-goreness that even when a mummy is involved, let's be assured not even the young one will get terrified at all.

    The tone of this movie is pretty wicked and it has an interesting but ridiculous opening narration that humbly served with dark humor and fully descripted. The opening provides some melodrama ancient perception over it while continues the plot into an enjoyable mode. Luc Besson made a story that does not seems to portray any strength, but interestingly created a much dampenly rich characters and elements of humor that makes the movie does not feel heavy.

    In the end, Adele: Rise of the Mummy may not have fulfill the promise that it sounded like an action-adventure type of movie. It ends up been an average comedy that blends in a lot of infamiliar elements in it. There is some portion of uncomfortness in this movie but if it any how a feel good movie, it succeed in that particular area. Other wise, it does not seem epic. Got fooled? Maybe but I care less.

    THE RATING
    Story - 3.0 stars
    Casts - 3.5 stars
    Cinematography - 3.5 stars
    Effects - 3.5 stars
    OVERALL - 3.0 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 13.2
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