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Review: Lucy

13 hours ago | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Luc Besson has had an affinity for his female heroines throughout his entire career. From Leon: The Professional to The Fifth Element, Besson has always made femininity beautiful, complicated, and the clear dominant gender. With Lucy, Besson has eliminated the obstacles, giving his female lead control of everything. Whether this all works coherently in the film is another story entirely.

Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is in the wrong place at the wrong time during a bad deal with terrible people. Like an animal being stalked and hunted, Lucy is dragged and drugged by a group of men led by a bloody handed tyrant named Mr. Jang (Min-sik Choi). She is forced into being a drug trafficker, with the transport being her body. An altered genetic narcotic, the drug is broken inside her body by some forceful men wanting to take further advantage of her. The drug coursing through Lucy expands her cerebral potential, »

- Monte Yazzie

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Ten Best: Movies to get excited for in the second half of 2014

26 July 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

2014 has already seen some very good films released, with the likes of Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, X-Men: Days of Future Past and others doing great business and turning heads in the process. The remainder of 2014 will also see a large number of film releases, and some of those are highly intriguing. Let’s take a look at ten of the films that I, personally, am excited for in the second half of 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Director, James Gunn, tasselled my hair playfully when he put a little independent film named “Super” on the table in 2010, an underrated Rainn Wilson fronted comedy drama about a guy who thinks that god is telling him to fight crime. When I heard that Gunn was bringing his sense of humour and action to Guardians of the Galaxy my interest hit a high note. With a cast including the enjoyable everyman Chris Pratt »

- Chris Cummings

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'Lucy' Review Roundup: Critics Mixed On Luc Besson's Latest Thriller

25 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Lucy, from writer and director Luc Besson, stars Scarlett Johansson as the titiular character who develops superhuman capabilities.

As a result of her new mental and physical talents – bestowed upon her by drugs that exploded inside her stomach – she becomes a commodity to the police force. With her skills, they hope to find the other drug mules and drug kingpin Mr. Jang (Min-sik Choi). Lucy’s talents amaze brain expert Professor Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman), who tries to help her control her unheard of capabilities and remain in control of her life.

'Lucy' Reviews

Critics are split on what to make of the latest female-driven action film by Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Fifth Element). On the one hand, there’s something to be said for Besson’s determination to push further and harder in new and insane directions in Lucy. Yet, on the other hand, »

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Critical Mass: The drug-fueled mayhem of 'Lucy' has a buzz

25 July 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Luc Besson loves his lady warriors. Beginning with the original La Femme Nikita, and then in action movies like The Professional, The Fifth Element, and The Messenger, he’s introduced his own brand of memorable action heroines. Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy might be the most hardcore of the bunch. She goes from party girl to super-evolved sorceress when the experimental drug an Asian gangster has smuggled in her body spills into her bloodstream, raising her brain activity to 100 percent capacity. “Lucy is a thinly drawn character, just someone who needs to survive,” writes EW’s Jeff Labrecque. “But Johansson vividly »

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Film Review: Scarlett Johansson Packs a Blockbuster Punch in ‘Lucy’

25 July 2014 4:43 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Lucy” is a piece of high-minded cinematic junk food that manages to be outlandishly weird while still satisfying the lizard brain desires of its audience. It’s a film that knows what’ll get the behinds in the seats, and that appeal can effectively be summed up in one shot.

It shows Scarlett Johansson in a tight-fitting white t-shirt walking in slow motion with her bosoms bouncing in unison, carrying two guns and ready to kick some serious ass. But amazingly enough, this is a movie with more than just ass-kicking on its mind.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mercifully jettisoning some tortured backstory, French schlockmeister du jour Luc Besson instead drops us right into the middle of the action. Johansson stars as Lucy, an American in China who gets caught up in a drug smuggling scheme. She’s taken captive, and turned into one of a group of unwilling drug mules. She »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Lucy' Review: How Much of Your Brain Do You Need to Enjoy the Scarlett Johansson Movie?

24 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

We're guessing (hoping?) that you're smart enough to know that the premise for Luc Besson's latest gonzo action movie "Lucy" -- about humans only using 10 percent of their brains -- is pure Hollywood nonsense. But why should pesky things like scientific fact and common sense get in the way of a good time? So, just like 2011's "Limitless," "Lucy" poses a high-concept thought experiment: Imagine what we could do with full 100-percent usage of our brains?

Scarlett Johansson stars as the titular Lucy, an American student in Taipei who gets unwittingly enlisted as a drug mule for a Taiwanese gang smuggling CPH4, a new street drug that's supposed to increase brain function (yes, just like in "Limitless"). But then those same bad guys kick her in the stomach a bunch of times, breaking the parcel and turning Lucy into a super-smart super-human. And that's when things really get crazy. »

- Rick Mele

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'Lucy' (2014) Movie Review

23 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If you're hung up on the fact Lucy perpetuates the myth humans only use 10% of their brain then I don't know why you're reading this review. However, if you thought Transcendence was a talky bore and wish there had been more action and less jibber-jabber then you might want to stick around since the two films essentially approach the idea of the singularity, but get there using dramatically different means. Directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element), Lucy tells the story of the title character, played by Scarlett Johansson with all the wooden acuity of Keanu Reeves, as she is forced into serving as a drug mule, carrying a package of a new drug next to her intestines. Unfortunately for her, when she's kicked in the stomach a small amount of the drug leaks into her system, giving her abilities beyond that of a "normal" human being and »

- Brad Brevet

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Lucy’ With Scarlett Johansson

18 July 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the highly anticipated sci-fi “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new film!

Lucy,” which is rated “R” and opens on July 25, 2014, also stars Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pilou Asbæk from acclaimed writer and director Luc Besson (“Transporter” films, “Taken” films, “Taxi” films, “The Fifth Element”). Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free “Lucy” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Visa Gift Card from 'Lucy'

18 July 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Internationally-renowned filmmaker Luc Besson teams up with Scarlett Johansson for Lucy, which centers on a young woman who truly unlocks her full potential. Scarlett Johansson stars as an unwilling drug mule, who transports a bag of mysterious drugs inside her stomach. When the package ruptures, she is given incredible new abilities that defy human logic and could change the world as we know it.

We have a contest lined up where fans can win a $100 Visa Gift card, plus a hat and t-shirt from this action-thriller, arriving in theaters July 25. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win below.

Winners Receive:

$100 Visa Gift Card

Lucy hat

Lucy t-shirt

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

If you already "Like" MovieWeb, just »

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Scarlett Johansson Needs Emergency Surgery in Fifth 'Lucy' Clip

16 July 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The latest Lucy clip is not for the faint of heart. Scarlett Johansson's unwilling hero barges into an emergency room and demands that the surgeons perform an impromptu operation, to remove a bag of leaking drugs from inside her stomach. She doesn't get much empathy, shooting a cancer-riddled man off an operating table before holding the doctors all at gun point. But it's for a good cause, and that tumor was going to kill that man anyway. Watch as Lucy takes charge of her dire situation, then check out the rest of the movie when it hits theaters later this month.

A woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

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Morgan Freeman Is Scarlett Johansson's Guardian Angel in New 'Lucy' Banner and Photos

16 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Scarlett Johansson isn't the only star in director Luc Besson's action thriller Lucy. The superhuman woman gets international back-up from a worldwide ensemble of stellar talent, including Morgan Freeman, who plays Professor Norman. He helps guide Lucy as her mind begins to expand, acting as her guardian angel and teaching her how to harness her new powers after a bag of dangerous narcotics ruptures inside her stomach, giving her full capacity of her brain. Oldboy himself, Min-sik Choi, steps in as the villain, a powerful overlord who uses Lucy as his personal drug mule. And Amr Waked is a Paris police officer who decides to help Lucy against his better judgment. All three men are featured in a series of new images, which come along with a new banner dominated by Scarlett Johansson and her throbbing cerebral cortex.

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables »

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'Oldboy' Choi Min-sik Threatens Scarlett Johansson in Third 'Lucy' Clip

14 July 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Luc Besson, best known for such seminal action classics as The Professional and The Fifth Element, returns to his core roots as a filmmaker, and this time he's bringing Oldboy star Min-sik Choi with him. The imposing force of nature plays a criminal overlord who uses Scarlett Johansson's Lucy as an unwilling drug mule who gains superhuman powers after ingesting a bag of powerful pharmaceuticals during a run gone bad. Watch as the two stars have a heated showdown in this latest clip from the anticipated action thriller.

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy is an American ing&#233nue aboard who is forced into the drug trade by a wicked criminal overlord. In a seedy Taiwanese hotel room, she is set loose with a mysterious blue narcotic that she must smuggle over the boarder. But when the bag of dope bursts inside her stomach before she can reach her checkpoint, »

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Scarlett Johansson Is Ready for Action in Over 20 New 'Lucy' Photos

11 July 2014 6:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Scarlett Johansson fans have reason to rejoice, as she appears in nearly every minute of the new action thriller Lucy, from director Luc Besson. The Avengers star takes on a completely different type of superhero role in this high-intensity cinematic workout, which finds an unwilling drug mule endowed with super powers of both mind and body after a dangerous drug leaks inside her stomach. Check out some of the crazy action in our new Lucy photo gallery, which brings over 20 fresh images featuring our leading lady alongside co-stars Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked and Fr&#233d&#233ric Chau.

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In a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops, Lucy is a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan who »

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13 New Lucy Images Featuring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, and Behind-the-Scenes Shots of Luc Besson

11 July 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We've got 13 new images from Luc Besson's latest action-thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule-turned-unstoppable warrior.  We posted a new red-band clip from the film yesterday that highlighted the title character's newfound abilities.  These new images take a different approach and show off some of Johansson's supporting cast, including Morgan FreemanAmr Waked, and Min-sik Choi.  There are also a few bonus behind-the-scenes shots of Besson at work scattered throughout. Lucy opens July 25th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images. Take a look at the new Lucy images below: Synopsis: From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her »

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Scarlett Johansson Hijacks a Cop Car in Second 'Lucy' Clip

11 July 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Scarlett Johansson shows off her incredible mental and physical skills in the second clip from Luc Besson's thriller Lucy. Watch as she opens up a world of information no one else knows exists before hijacking a police car and taking an officer on a ride through Paris. It's just a tease of the action-packed momentum this intense ride promises to build in what is being described as a new kind of superhero movie. Jump in the passenger seat with Lucy and hang on!

In Lucy, a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

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Lucy comes to theaters July 25th, 2014 and stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Min-sik Choi, Mason Lee, Johan Philip Asbæk, Amr Waked, Frédéric Chau. The film is directed by Luc Besson. »

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'Lucy' International Featurette Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Scarlett Johansson

10 July 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

"Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?" Director Luc Besson creates a new kind of superhero with Lucy, his latest action thriller starring Scarlett Johansson as a young woman who is able to open up her mind and use 100% of her brain capacity. A new international featurette explores the story and characters in Lucy, featuring a new interview with Scarlett Johansson. Go on the sets in Paris to watch this incredibly cinematic saga come to life, and watch as never-before-seen footage teases some of the epic fight scenes that await audiences in theaters this summer.

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Lucy directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark »

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Scarlett Johansson Escapes Captivity in First 'Lucy' Clip

9 July 2014 1:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While some of the footage has been seen in the previously released trailers and TV spots, the first clip from Lucy showcases an entire sequence where Scarlett Johansson uses her new skills to escape captivity. The title character first puts on a seductive display for an unwitting guard, before unleashing an impressive display of power and marksmanship.

Even when she gets shot, Lucy can pull the bullet out with her bare hands. Watch as Lucy uses her brains and her brawn to take out a number of enemies in the latest footage from director Luc Besson's action-thriller, in theaters July 25.

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who »

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'Lucy' Starring Scarlett Johansson Confirmed for International IMAX Release

8 July 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IMAX Corporation, Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. and EuropaCorp today announced that Lucy, the new thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Luc Besson that stars Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released into IMAX theatres in select international territories starting August 8.

Furthering The IMAX Experience, select scenes in Lucy were captured using IMAX cameras. Those sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will add to the explosive action and scope of the film as seen best in IMAX theaters.

Here's what IMAX CEO Greg Foster had to say in a statement.

"Luc Besson is one of the most gifted creators of on-screen heroines in cinema history, and Scarlett Johansson is a favorite of IMAX audiences around the world. Besson uses IMAX cameras to capture this powerful combination, making Lucy the kind of visceral visual spectacle that our fans »

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Scarlett Johansson Uses 100% of Her Brain in New 'Lucy' TV Spot

18 June 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy used to be just like the rest of us, until a bag of powerful drugs ruptured inside her stomach, giving her 100% use of her brain power. Watch as one woman becomes an inhuman being in the latest TV spot for director Luc Besson's new take on the superhero genre. While most of us only use 10% of our mental abilities, Lucy is using hers to the full extent, studying new languages, learning new fighting techniques, and becoming an all-around bad ass that will stop at nothing to avenge those who have done her wrong. Watch new footage before Lucy destroys a theater near you this summer.

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Luc Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that »

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'Lucy' International Poster Featuring Scarlett Johansson

12 June 2014 5:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Scarlett Johansson's eyes dazzle in a new international poster for Lucy, as her character's mind starts to expand in this action epic from acclaimed director Luc Besson. Forced to serve as a drug mule, a package ruptures inside Lucy's stomach, leaking into her intestinal wall and giving her strength and knowledge far beyond the capacity of mortal men. Check it out as she prepares to lay down some knowledge and some hard-hitting punches in a unique new take on the superhero genre.

Lucy comes to theaters July 25th, 2014 and stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Min-sik Choi, Mason Lee, Johan Philip Asbæk, Amr Waked, Frédéric Chau. The film is directed by Luc Besson. »

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