Drugs will make you just like Scarlett Johansson, at least that’s the point you’ll take away from this extended TV spot for her upcoming sci-fi actioner Lucy. According to this video, she used to be just like us, which seems rather unlikely. Directed by French action auteur Luc Besson, helmer of such films as The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita, this is definitely full of his high-octane visual trademarks.
The plot of Lucy is based on the widely held, and totally false, belief that humans only use ten percent of our brains, and that the rest holds the key all sorts of fancy and fantastic stuff. See, Lucy (Johansson) is on a trip when another one of those urban legends rears its ugly heads. Bad men kidnap her, drug her, cut her open, and fill her body full of drugs that they demand she smuggle for them. Along the way the bag starts to leak, but this isn’t heroin or cocaine or any of those boring old drugs, this is a fancy new brain drug that unlocks the magical secrets trapped in her head.
As her mind expands, she unlocks all sorts of fun new abilities. First, she can control the cells in her own body. Next, she gains the power to manipulate the matter all around her. After that, she starts being able to exert her will on other people. What will happen when she reaches 100 percent capacity? No one knows, but Morgan Freeman certainly wants to find out. Let’s hope Besson focuses more on the action and less on the science.
While this looks like a supped up version of Neil Burger’s Limitless, which could prove to be a decent amount of fun, we’re always excited to see Choi Min-sik on screen. Well known among certain sets of film fanatics for his roles in movies like Oldboy, I Saw the Devil, and New World, the South Korean actor is one of the best and most underappreciated cinematic badasses currently working in the world today. If Lucy, where he plays the villain, is a hit, hopefully he’ll gain some wider recognition.
In a time when we’re way more acclimated to hearing about how movies have been delayed, like the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending, Lucy was actually bumped up. Originally slated to drop in August, which can be something of a dumping ground for movies that don’t live up to studio expectations, Universal recently popped the film into the July 27 slot, where it will go head to head with Dwayne Johnson’s mythological epic Hercules.