Aziris nuna (2006)

I’m not quite sure what to make of Aziris nuna.  All I really know is that I enjoyed it.

An archaeologist learns that an ancient Egyptian stone head at his museum has cracked, revealing something metal inside.  He’s obsessed by stories of ancient aliens, so naturally he suspects that it is a spaceship.

His two sons then sneak into the museum to get a look at it.  The boys accidentally free the ship, and the mummy of an Egyptian Pharaoh picks that moment to awake.

They’re rescued by a spaceship full of officious bureaucrats some five hundred years later, then narrowly escape an attempt to imprison them in a permanent video game stupor.  A Sphinx, a cat-like creature who bears more than a passing resemblance to Red Dwarf‘s Danny John Jules, rescues them and tries to take them back in time.

And that’s where it gets complicated.

More than anything else, this film reminds me of Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, which has a similarly goofy and satiric vision – and plays just as fast and loose with its portrayal of ancient Egypt.  Like the recent Night Watch movies, Aziris Nuna was based on a novel by Russian Fantasy author, Sergey Lukyanenko, although it’s hard to imagine that such different works came from the same author (although, come to think of it, Adele‘s creator, Jacques Tardi also dabbled in horror and violent crime fiction).  Perhaps the filmmakers strayed from a more serious original.  

But I doubt it.

I suspect it will prove too silly and goofy for most tastes, and yet it is, on its own goofy terms, an enjoyable film for those feeling in an adventurous mood.

(English subtitles available here.)

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