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‘Lucy’ Review

28 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Scarlet Johnasson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Oliver Schroeder | Written and Directed by Luc Besson

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

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New artwork for Adam Wingard’s The Guest

26 July 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Artwork has been released for The Guest, the new thriller from Adam Wingard (You’re Next) which features Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey).

Check out the artwork below:

A soldier (Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

The Guest is set to open Film4 FrightFest on August 28th 2014 and will be released in cinemas on September 5th in the UK. The film is written by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, V/H/S) also features Maika Monroe (Labor Day), Leland Orser (Taken), Lance Reddick (White House Down), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End) and Brendan Meyer (Tooth Fairy). You can watch the teaser trailer here.

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- Luke Owen

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"The Expendables 3" Leaks Online Early

25 July 2014 10:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

There's been famous online leaks before, from the work print of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" to the more recent work print of the "Doctor Who" new season premiere. In both cases they were rough cuts with unfinished effects and watermarks galore.

This week though saw perhaps the most damaging early leak to date - a DVD-quality copy of "The Expendables 3" onto piracy sites and torrenting networks, a full three weeks before the film is scheduled to be released anywhere.

Variety reports that copies began cropping up on torrent-sharing sites Wednesday and downloads started to spike Thursday,according to data provided by piracy-analytics firm Excipio. The film has reportedly already been downloaded 189,000 times over a 24-hour period. It's a double blow to the film's distributor Lionsgate as the key demo for the film are often also the biggest users of illegal file-sharing services.

Screencaps attached to the files indicate there are no identifying watermarks, »

- Garth Franklin

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Luc Besson on Lucy and Knowing the Limits of the Human Brain

25 July 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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 SubwayLa 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

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25 July 2014 12:26 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »


Directed by: Luc Besson

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: R

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 »

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Forecast: 'Lucy' to Beat Up 'Hercules' This Weekend

24 July 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Friday Am Update: Lucy and Hercules both did solid business on Thursday night. Lucy earned an estimated $2.75 million, while Hercules scored an estimated $2.1 million. Among Summer releases, Lucy is above The Purge: Anarchy ($2.6 million), while Hercules topped Edge of Tomorrow ($1.8 million). For the weekend, both movies are going to earn at least $20 million.Forecast: On the final weekend of July, two very different action movies will try to reverse the domestic box office's downward trend. Hercules has a much bigger budget and arguably more star power in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but the sword-and-sandals epic doesn't appear to be connecting with moviegoers. In contrast, Lucy's eye-catching visuals and intriguing "what if" story has put it on pace for an opening north of $30 million, which should be enough to take first place this weekend.At the start of Summer, Lucy's box office potential didn't look so hot. The movie was scheduled for August 8th, »

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Luc Besson Puts His EuropaCorp to the Test With ‘Lucy’

24 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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Can Luc Besson score another French-import blockbuster with 'Lucy'? (Updated)

24 July 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Over the course of his dozen-plus films as a writer-director, Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.

Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. »

- Chris Lee

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Film Review: ‘Lucy’

23 July 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After her mesmerizingly out-there performances as an artificially intelligent being in “Her” and a come-hither extraterrestrial in “Under the Skin,” Scarlett Johansson takes a logical next step into the title role of “Lucy,” an agreeably goofy, high-concept speculative thriller about the first human being to successfully harness 100% of her brainpower. In no other sense, however, does the word “logical” apply to writer-director Luc Besson’s return to blockbuster form — which is to say, his latest aggressively stylish, self-consciously feminist, gratuitously globe-trotting pulp-trash extravaganza. Giddily recycling everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Matrix” to yakuza actioners and National Geographic documentaries, it’s a garish, trippy, wildly uneven and finally quite disarming piece of work, graced by a moment-to-moment unpredictability that will pique audience curiosity but may put off those who prefer their summer movies on the more conventional side.

Although it represents a significant roll of the dice as »

- Justin Chang

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Brain Storm: Luc Besson on the Origins of 'Lucy'

23 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Nine years ago, Luc Besson came across a theory that humans only use 10% of their brain capacity. A quick Google search would have informed the French filmmaker responsible for cult classics like La Femma Nikita (1990) and The Fifth Element (1997) that many scientists believe we actually use our entire brain — but the idea of unlocking the mind's "untapped" potential stuck. What started as some casual leafing through books on the topic turned into an obsession that involved seeking out professors and engaging in long philosophical discussions about the power of gray matter. »

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From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy': Director Luc Besson Talks The Strong Women In 6 Of His Key Films

22 July 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For a man who makes his living writing and producing muscular action movies like the "Taken" franchise, Luc Besson is a filmmaker who has continually shown an amazing sensitivity and fondness for strong female characters. These aren't buxom bimbos that wield Uzis and mutter one-liners; these are fully dimensional characters that Besson is seemingly fascinated by, since they turn up in everything from historical epics to tiny, Kapra-esque comedies. The newest Luc Besson heroine is the title character played by Scarlett Johansson in this week's "Lucy," about a young woman who, after accidentally ingesting an experimental drug, unlocks the potential of the human brain. It's crazy and kind of awesome, and the latest in a long line of Besson's strong female characters. "Lucy" is the second film in as many years for Besson, who had seemingly decided to devote more of his time to writing and producing European action movies than making films for himself. »

- Drew Taylor

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18 July 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | | See recent 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 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, 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! »

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Rage movie review: Nicolas Cage’s public mid-career crisis takes a pathetic turn

17 July 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Sporadically hilariously awful, but mostly cheap, amateurish and so distasteful it borders on the vile. Poor Nicolas Cage and his foundering career. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

At first I figured that it was only that Nicolas Cage had seen what Taken did for Liam Neeson — gave him a boost as a late-middle-aged badass action hero — and figured he’d get in on that. The premise here, after all, is this: Once-was mobster — that would be Cage’s Paul Maguire; it was the Irish mob — goes on the offensive after his teenaged daughter is kidnapped, apparently by some rival Russian mobsters he once pissed off. What could go wrong for a worn-out actor we’re all tired of seeing who is desperate to jump-start his career?

In fact, Rage is so far down the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Lucy Needs To Open The Case And Helps The Authorities In New Clips

15 July 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Later this month, we’ll finally see LucyLa Femme Nikita director Luc Besson’s latest female-powered action extravaganza. It’s hard to know whether or not we should be excited for this movie. Though it does star the excellent Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, not to mention Oldboy‘s Choi Min-Sik as a baddie, the last good movie Besson directed was The Fifth Element, way back in 1997. That’s not to say that the action auteur has been resting on his laurels since then, having contributed to a great many flicks including District B13 and Taken. But when you see Luc Besson’s name in Lucy‘s marketing campaign, it just doesn’t mean quite what it used to.

Regardless, I’m still staying cautiously optimistic for Lucy, which centers on a young woman (Johansson) who begins to unlock an extraordinary amount of her brain power after drug traffickers »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: Scarlett Johansson Gets The Combination, Helps The Authorities In 2 Clips From 'Lucy' Plus New Pics

14 July 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

From a brief moment, there was a time to be excited about a new film from Luc Besson. But that was a long, long time ago when he was making movies like "La Femme Nikita," "Leon: The Professional" and "The Fifth Element." But these days he seems content to knock out drivel like last year's "The Family," his transparent awards contender "The Lady" all while helping stuff like "Taken" and "Brick Mansions" get made. Anyway, Besson is back behind the camera, this time for "Lucy," and yeah it looks about as exactly as underwhelming as you might guess. Scarlett Johansson gets the lead role, playing a young woman who yada yada yada is now a supercharged something-or-other and gets mixed up with some bad dudes including Choi Min-Sik from "Oldboy." Anyway, a couple more clips are here from the movie, one with a more timid Lucy with a briefcase strapped to her arm, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Lucy Gets A Brand New Clip

14 July 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Luc Besson has been at the center of pulp genre movies since the 90s with “Nikita,” “Léon: The Professional,” and “The Fifth Element.” Besson has always balanced high action and humor with mainstream appeal. Even the movies he’s produced like Taken and The Transporter are box office hits, as they retain a steady film franchise. Besson’s new film “Lucy” stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman caught in the middle of a drug war. Universal Pictures released the film’s new video featurette that shows off Lucy’s superpowers. “Set in a futuristic world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts and corrupted cops, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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Film Review: ‘Rage’

12 July 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When an ex-mobster’s daughter is found dead, the repressed return with a vengeance that feels more like a whimper in “Rage,” a silly and shopworn Nicolas Cage action vehicle that plays like a poor man’s “Taken,” “Mystic River” and “A History of Violence” rolled into one. Proficiently made but fatally unpersuasive in its portrayal of internecine gang warfare, this thuggish melodrama piles on the foreign accents and paint-by-numbers brutality, all served up with a grim, operatic self-seriousness that gives Cage’s antihero little room to maneuver. Spanish genre helmer Paco Cabezas’ English-language debut will find a few fans on VOD, where it’s rolling out simultaneously with its limited theatrical release.

Commercially and, er, culturally speaking, “Rage” is unlikely to do for Cage what the “Taken” movies have done for Liam Neeson; as scripted by James Agnew and Sean Keller (who previously collaborated on Dario Argento’s ill-fated »

- Justin Chang

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New Clips, Featurette and Stills for Luc Besson’s Lucy Starring Scarlett Johansson

12 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This August will see the release of Lucy, the latest film from The Fifth Element director Luc Besson. In the movie, Scarlett Johansson (who most recently starred in Under the Skin and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) plays a young woman granted extraordinary abilities after being forced into becoming a drug mule.

It’s those narcotics which turn Lucy into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, along with an ability to disregard pain and emotion when any of the designer drugs enters her system.

Besson is of course also responsible for classics like Leon and District 13, and the not so classic Taken and The Transporter. That potentially means that Lucy could go either way, but it has a stellar cast and an intriguing concept which could help differentiate it as the summer season wraps up at the cinema.

Check out the new featurette and first two action-packed clips below, »

- Josh Wilding

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Someone Has Taken Ryan Reynolds’ Daughter in The Captive Trailer

11 July 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Ryan Reynolds is not quite like Liam Neeson’s character in “Taken” here. He’s more of an average Joe who doesn’t have a unique set of skills, skills that make him a nightmare for people like the ones that took his daughter. But hey, it’s really cold up there near the Us-Canada border in Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive” (originally titled “Queen of the Night”) so you can imagine he won’t be running around the country karate chopping people in the neck. Unfortunately. Take a look at the intense first trailer for Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive.” It looks really good, in a depressing sort of way. The plot synopsis is also really complicated: Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing indications seem to indicate that she’s still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. »

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Lucy Gets A New Featurette

11 July 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Luc Besson has been at the center of pulp genre movies since the 90s with “Nikita,” “Léon: The Professional,” and “The Fifth Element.” Besson has always balanced high action and humor with mainstream appeal. Even the movies he’s produced like Taken and The Transporter are box office hits, as they retain a steady film franchise. Besson’s new film “Lucy” stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman caught in the middle of a drug war. Universal Pictures released the film’s new video featurette that shows off Lucy’s superpowers. “Set in a futuristic world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts and corrupted cops, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living  [ Read More ]

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