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In this pile of adolescent heavy-metal-deep pseudo-sci-fi philosophy, the meaning of humanity (or lack thereof) depends on how “cool” something looks onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): love Scarlett Johansson
I’m “biast” (con): not generally a fan of Luc Besson
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
You know how you can tell that Luc Besson is completely full of shit — and knows it — with the adolescent heavy-metal-deep pseudo-sci-fi philosophy of Lucy? Because what it has to say about the meaning of humanity varies depending on nothing but how “cool” something looks onscreen.
When Lucy (Scarlett Johansson [Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chef], who deserves better than this) accidentally ends up with a massive overdose of a synthetic drug meant to increase one’s “cerebral capacity” — an unself-aware riff on the myth that we dumb monkeys typically use only 10 percent of our brains — she begins to acquire preposterous superpowers, such as the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Luc Besson
Running Time: 89 minutes.
Synopsis: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Luc Besson is undoubtedly a very talented filmmaker, especially when it comes to serving up beautiful, entertaining (if sometimes slightly shallow) action films. The marketing machine for Lucy attempts very hard to make it seem like this is one of those films. A rather daft premise tacked on to spectacular visuals, a badass heroine, and imaginative set pieces. That is perhaps why it is so disappointing when you realise that Besson was not at all going for that this time, and instead tries to serve up something that might resemble a cross between Limitless and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The emotional state of »
- Esben Evans
Lucy (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Luc Besson, starring Scarlett Johansson, Claire Tran, Frédéric Chau, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Mason Lee, Claire Tran, Frédéric Chau, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Min-sik Choi, and Pilou Asaek. Lucy is the name of our ancestor, the Australopithecus whose remains were [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Lucy (2014): Regalement in Lieu of Intriguing Philosophy »
- Loni Klara
With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. Looking to Lucy, Magic In The Moonlight and Guardians Of The Galaxy for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of female-fronted adventures, old school romances, and totally weird action movies. Lucy Scarlett Johansson stars as the titular everywoman who gains incredible power after an accidental overdose of a new party drug. Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, and Amr Waked co-star; Luc Besson directs. Read our review here. For more ambitious action adventures fronted by fierce females, check out this trio that includes vicious assassins, a high-kicking karate kid, and a record-breaking solo sailor. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Uma Thurman stars as The Bride, a relentless assassin who seeks vengeance »
Wow, this year has been full of some ambitious filmmaking. Movies like Under the Skin have challenged the boundaries of cinema to show that art should not abide by any sort of rules or regulations.Snowpiercer was prime evidence that outlandish concepts allow creativity and fun to flourish. Now even filmmakers who have been primly associated with straightforward movies are getting in on the act.
Based on the marketing and Luc Besson’s name some may assume Lucy will be the latest Taken clone where a scantily clad Scarlet Johnasson travels around Europe bludgeoning random thugs for our mind numbing amusement. In fact that is not the case as Lucy shows even old directors can learn new tricks. Besson uses a La Femme Nikita »
- Dan Clark
Lucy Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director: Luc Besson Screenplay: Luc Besson Cast: Scarlett Johannson, Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbaek, Min-sik Choi, Clare Tran Screened at: NYC, 7/21/14 Opens: July 25, 2014 At the movie’s conclusion, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) states: “We’ve had life for a billion years. Now we know what to do with it.” What does she think we should do with our lives? Presumably we should be able to stare at a gun and watch the bullets fall out harmlessly to the ground; look at a bunch of gangsters pointing Ak-47s at us and have them drop their pieces and [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
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
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.
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
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.
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, »
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 »
- EW staff
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.
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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
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
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! »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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.
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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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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 »
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 ingénue 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, »
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 Frédéric 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 »
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 Freeman, Amr 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 »
- Dave Trumbore
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