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Ahead of its UK release on August 22nd, Universal has just dropped a new UK quad poster for Lucy, director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) latest action thriller, starring Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Check it out below and read our review here…
Lucy is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and can not feel pain and other discomforts.
- Gary Collinson
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 captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
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- David Sztypuljak
In a normal summer, a debut like the estimated $29.0 million opening for Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" would be reason for its creators and distributor to rejoice. After all, the movie did better than pundits had predicted (in the low 20s), and it enjoyed a healthy per-screen average ($8,067 per venue). As an action star with a track record, Johnson would be said to have delivered on his promise, and there would be backslapping and cigars all around for a $100-million PG-13 movie that would surely earn back its investment from both domestic and overseas audiences (who bought an estimated $28.0 million worth of tickets) .
And yet, that opening was good enough only for second place. Coming out more than 50 percent ahead to debut in the No. 1 slot was "Lucy," a French-made R-rated action movie starring petite Scarlett Johansson, shot for a modest (by action standards) $40 million. Playing on 422 fewer screens than "Hercules, »
- Gary Susman
Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »
According to the action sci-fi thriller Lucy, using more than 10% of your brain's full capacity can allow you to bend the laws of physics and stop time. It also allows Scarlett Johansson to thoroughly trounce Dwayne Johnson in the battle for box-office supremacy.
1. Lucy – $44 million. Who could have guessed that a lot of people would want to watch Scarlett Johansson beat the hell out of a bunch of dudes? That's exactly what happened this weekend. While $44 million isn't record setting, director Luc Besson – creator of The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional – was able to create a blockbuster epic on a relatively modest $40 million budget.
2. Hercules – $29 million. While Dwayne Johnson beating up boars, lions and tattooed zombie people didn't draw as many people to the theaters as ScarJo punching gangsters »
The big summer blockbuster heading to theaters this weekend ended up washing out, leaving room for number one to go to a quirky director who hasn't had a movie in the top spot in almost twenty years. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has long wanted to play the title role in a Hercules movie, but it turns out audiences weren't nearly as excited about it as he was. The effects heavy legend flick came in on a relatively small $100 million budget, but roll in what has been an extensive marketing campaign and the $29 million second place it earned this weekend has given the hero an unlucky thirteenth labor to struggle against: turning a profit. Meanwhile Luc Besson, generally known for making movies with lithesome actresses performing elaborate fight sequences, hasn't had a movie open at number one in the United States since The Fifth Element captured audience imaginations in 1997. Thanks in »
The weekend box office pitted Scarlett Johansson against Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson; a female action hero versus a mythological Greek warrior; Luc Besson of The Fifth Element versus Brett Ratner of ... Rush Hour. Ultimately, it wasn't even close: Johansson's Lucy, a movie about a woman dosed with a drug that allows her to access her entire brain, easily outperformed the Rock's Hercules, raking in $44 million — well above its $40 million price tag. Hercules brought in $29 million, and will have to recoup the $100 million it cost to make overseas. Meanwhile, two-time box-office winner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came in third with $16.3 million for a cumulative gross of $172 million domestically. The Purge: Anarchy came in fourth with $9.9 million, and Planes: Fire and Rescue held on to the fifth spot with $9.3 million. But, overall, the box office is still down 13 percent from »
- E. Alex Jung
Directed by Luc Besson.
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Although it’s a complete fallacy, there is no denying that the scientific hypothesis that humans only use 10% of their brain and are capable of so much more is an intriguing one. So why the hell is it that no one can muster up an entertaining movie surrounding the concept? Limitless was admittedly a decent movie, but ultimately all Bradley Cooper did was use his extra brainpower as a get rich quick scheme. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally do the same thing in his position, but as a slice of pie in the crowded medium of film, it just wasn’t the most entertaining movie to watch. »
- Robert Kojder
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
The $33 million tracking for Luc Besson's Lucy seemed crazy. It was a rated-r movie with Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, a position she isn't typically known for. Add to that, Besson's largest opening for one of his films was $17 million back in 1997 with The Fifth Element and I'm not sure I saw any press for the film, after all, Johansson is busy with Avengers: Age of Ultron and if I'm not mistaken, it was only Morgan Freeman huffing helium with Jimmy Fallon when it comes to the film's late night press. And yet, it's number one at the box office in a big way. With $44 million, Lucy is your number one film at the box office this weekend. Budgeted at $40 million the film will likely do well internationally, though I think we should expect a 60-65% drop next weekend, if not more, thanks to the "C+" CinemaScore and »
- Brad Brevet
Lucy blows away the rest! Scarlett Johansson gunned down the competition this weekend as Lucy opened at #1 with a bullet, grabbing an estimated $44 million! That's the best opening yet for director Luc Besson (and among his movies as writer/producer, only Taken 2's $49.5 million opening is higher). In fact, aside from The Fifth Element's $63.8 million domestic total, Lucy's first weekend was actually bigger than the final domestic totals for any of »
- Dave Davis
Based on Friday's North American box office numbers, Universal Pictures' Lucy is set to earn between $42M to $44M in its opening weekend. The sci-fi actioner stars Scarlett Johansson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and was directed by Luc Besson ("Léon: The Professional"). This will be the best opening weekend for a film starring Scarlett Johansson that wasn't produced by Marvel Studios. It will also be the best opening weekend for a film directed by Luc Besson. His previous best was $17M for The Fifth Element. However, the film was not well received by audiences as they only gave it a 'C+' CinemaScore. Paramount and MGM's Hercules will finish in second with $28M to $30M. It stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role. If the numbers stay about the same this will be the 8th best opening for a movie starring The Rock, just ahead of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island »
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
At the beginning of the year who would have thought that two Scarlett Johansson movies, released mere months apart, would invite such perfectly legitimate comparisons to 2001: A Space Odyssey? The more surprising detail of that little tidbit is just how radically different those two movies are. One, Jonathan Glazer’s nine-plus-years-in-the-making Under the Skin—a shocking yet downbeat tale of Johansson as an alien predator stalking human males throughout Scotland—was a revelatory cinematic experience which commented on the delicate distinctions of humankind. The other is Luc Besson’s batshit insane, Lucy.
The cinematic quality between the two are complete polar opposites, and yet both feature Johansson in a near-robotic role with similar thesis statements about life. There’s something for everybody with these two films—the high brow and the low, and a little bit of everything in between—but I’ll give you one guess as to »
- Sean Hutchinson
Once upon a time, Luc Besson was a kind of anomaly. A popular director from France whose visually ravishing films featured both expertly made action scenes and doses of dreamy lyricism, he transcended cultural boundaries. Back then, of course, films like Subway, La Femme Nikita, and Léon: The Professional stood in sharp contrast to movies starring macho men like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Even his sci-fi action epic The Fifth Element, with its poetic flourishes and offbeat sense of fun, was nothing like the sci-fi blockbusters Hollywood churned out.Over the years, Besson has become a successful producer of more bread-and-butter hits like the Taken and Transporter franchises, but now, with the Scarlett Johansson sci-fi flick Lucy, he returns to the world of stylized, lyrical action. Besson takes an enticingly silly premise — Lucy (Johansson) is a hapless drug mule who accidentally ingests a powerful new drug that allows her »
- Bilge Ebiri
Two big films are out this weekend, which one is worth your time and money? First, we have .Hercules. starring Dwayne Johnson based on the graphic novel by Steve Moore. From director Brett Ratner, is this .Hercules. much better than .The Legend of Hercules. starring Kellan Lutz from director Renny Harlin?
We also have .Lucy. starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. This one.s from director Luc Besson who gave us memorable female characters in .La Femme Nikita,. .The Professional,. and .The Fifth Element.. Is .Lucy. worthy of Besson.s booty-kicking heroines? Find out in my movie review below:
Official .Hercules. synopsis
Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' film Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, Hercules. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, »
Directed by: Luc Besson
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: July 25, 2014
Plot: Accidental high dosages of a mental drug cause an accidental mule (Johansson) to embark on achieving 100% full brain usage.
Who’S It For? Those who like their action movies to be trippy.
Lucy is unmistakably a product of writer/director/producer Luc Besson simply by its structure. It applies the same type of ticking-clock storytelling that has motivated the tension of his projects like The Transporter, Taken, and 3 Days to Kill; movies that he helped create as a writer and/or producer, but did not direct. In Besson’s own take on the structure he helped fortify for others, Lucy begins with the tensity of these movies, but then it warps.
This film’s transporter is Johansson’s Lucy, an American living in China who is tricked »
- Nick Allen
How can a film exist somewhere between being an ambitious Hollywood oddity and a wacky hot mess of a film? Days after seeing Luc Besson’s new film Lucy I’m still trying to figure this out. Going into a Besson film you have to expect a strong female-centered action-fest. The French director has made a career of this going back to La Femme Nikita, to The Fifth Element, all the way to his more recent Indiana Jones and Allan Quatermain inspired period piece The Extraordinary Adventure Of Adele Blanc-sec (which exists relatively unnoticed and is worth checking out if you’re a fan of pulp adventure stories). However Lucy kind of exists in a different conversation than these previously mentioned films for a lot of reasons. First of all, despite her stunning features, Johansson’s Lucy is nowhere near as memorable as some of the leads in these other films. »
- Michael Haffner
The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he is still playing with rocks in the sand — only now his shoreline is the river Seine and his castle a 667,000-square-foot film studio called Cite du Cinema (literally Cinema City). Built from the shell of a 1930s thermal power plant in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, the sprawling complex — which includes nine soundstages, a 500-seat auditorium and a full-service restaurant — is headquarters for Besson’s prolific production and distribution outfit, EuropaCorp, plus a host of affiliated vendors and two film schools.
On a recent Friday afternoon, despite a bank-holiday weekend in France, Cite du Cinema was a hive of activity as editors, sound mixers and visual effects artists readied two new EuropaCorp productions for their »
- Scott Foundas
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