Lucy

Universal Pictures

Is “lower tummy” a precise medical term? I’m fairly certain it’s not. But then, I’m also fairly certain that a lower tummy full of super-drugs wouldn’t cause Scarlett Johansson to start using more than 10% of her brain, (mostly because the “we only use 10% of our brains” thing is just one of those urban brain myths). And even if it did, a faster brain probably wouldn’t give her the ability to stop time or magically switch from blonde to brunette.

Ok, real talk is out of the way. Now for fun talk; as in, Lucy looks like a giant heap of it. Directed by Luc Besson, the film is more or less the exact same movie as Limitless, from a couple years back. Protagonist (Johansson vs. Bradley Cooper), is exposed to a miracle drug that unlocks the mythical 90% of our brains that’s just extra skull weight. Protagonist is soon on the run from various unsavory types, all of whom want to both destroy him/her and gain access to the sexy new designer drug that can make someone a polyglot genius kung-fu master.

There are a couple key differences — Limitless‘s drug was a cutting-edge pharmaceutical, Lucy‘s is a lot less high-class and a lot more stuffed inside a drug mule (which brings up the point — if you’re gonna smuggle something via another person’s stomach, you should probably instruct each and every henchman to not kick drug mules right in their drug-stomachs). Also, Cooper may have gamed the stock market and mastered various spinning jump kicks, but he never had superpowers. By the end of this first trailer, Johansson is knocking people out with her mind and speaking in a wiser cadence than Morgan Freeman. +1 for Lucy.

There’s a lot riding on this one. Lucy is the most expensive film ever produced by French studio EuropaCorp, and it reportedly has more special effects than any previous Besson film. More than The Fifth Element, if it can be believed — there must be several reels’ worth of CGI goodness we’re not seeing in this first trailer. It’s also one of the rare times Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) has ventured outside of his native Korea. Lucy will be Choi’s English language debut, and he’ll honor the Western world by bellowing like a lunatic and then having his brain Johansson’ed with a lot of CGI and zoomy sound effects.

In a few months, we’ll experience all of Lucy- jaunts into outer space, psychic brain punches and authentic Korean screaming- but for now, make do with the trailer below.

Lucy will hit theaters on August 8th.


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