Scarlett Johansson Controls The Universe in First Trailer For Lucy

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Scarlett Johansson Controls The Universe in First Trailer For Lucy

The Avengers and Winter Soldier femme fatale finally gets her solo superhero movie... just not as Black Widow.

Scarlett Johansson has a big weekend ahead of her, returning for a third go-'round as Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and starring in the arthouse alien sex-vampire oddity Under The Skin. Now, we also have the first trailer for her new star-vehicle Lucy, a scifi/superhero/gangster action-thriller written and directed by Luc Besson.

Set in the near future, Johansson plays a young woman being forced to smuggle illegal drugs in her stomach by gangsters. Things go bad and the bags containing the narcotics rupture inside her and flood into her bloodstream. Instead of killing her, the chemical cocktail "unlocks the untapped percentage of the human brain" (scifi movies will never stop loving that particular science-myth), granting Lucy superhuman reflexes, smarts, telekinesis and the apparent ability to bend reality itself to her will. In an interesting modern touch, this is visualized by her being able to "swipe" through the world like everything is a giant iPad.

So, it's Limitless meets Besson's own La Femme Nikita. I've heard worse ideas. Lucy opens in U.S. theaters August 8.

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Meh, I like her better as a red-head. :P

On a more related note, I find it sad that you can string together a description like "scifi/superhero/gangster action-thriller" and all I can think is "Seen it before a dozen times."

no, not you morgan freeman!
we use more than just 10% of our brains even if the guys that wrote the story may prove otherwise..

i have the feeling that this is a test if she could lead as sole action protagonist before we see her black widdowness on screen.

also she may have a huge pack of LSD in her tummy.

Johnny Novgorod:
I know she controls my universe :P

thats why she always has to stretch everything longer and wider
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rhizhim:
no, not you morgan freeman!
we use more than just 10% of our brains even if the guys that wrote the story may prove otherwise..

i have the feeling that this is a test if she could lead as sole action protagonist before we see her black widdowness on screen.

also she may have a huge pack of LSD in her tummy.

I get the impression that whoever wrote this (and is perpetuating the % brain use stuff) may have had a huge pack of LSD in their tummy. Probably ingested orally rather than surgically though.

But but... that's not how that works...

Oh well, It seems kinda cool and I am a fan of both Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman so it might get pass. I'll wait and see.

Oh dear, not the "unlocking the untapped percentage of the human brain gives us superpowers"-trope again. It was fucking stupid the last time I saw a movie about it and it's still fucking stupid.

Siiiigh.

The "10% of the brain" BS dropped my interest in this movie substantially. Which is saying something, since it would take some seriously lousy decisions to take this basic premise, with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, to not be awesome in my eyes.

Meh, I'll wait for reviews. Not writing it off, but that sorta killed my excitement. If they're stupid enough to write that in as a main plot point, what else were they dumb enough to do?

The entire premise of this movie is defeated by the very real part of the human body called the blood brain barrier. There is no way any drugs (well street drugs anyway, some more specific drugs can get through) in someone's blood stream can get into the brain the body is physically designed to prevent this.

Yeah, everyone is probably going to mention this but try scooping out "90%" of your brain, then tell me we don't need all of it.

It seems like such a small thing to nit-pick about but I thought that myth was widely debunked years ago. If this was done in the 80's, 90's or maybe even early 00's it could work but we're all aware at this point that the whole "unlocking ALL of our brain power" is bullshit, right?

Maybe it could still be good. Ironically, I would probably have to switch off my higher brain functions to enjoy this kind of plot but I'm not going to say boo just yet.

Super hero? more like Lucy from Elfen Lied.

Seriously taxi driver doesn't speak English in foreign country just kill him.

And NO American citizens when travelling abroad that is NOT acceptable!

We don't use more than 10% at the time, but we do use all the mass. More use at the time will lead to more use at the time, not superpowers. Also, can they end up with some lame superpowers for once, instead of the typical stoff.

So basically, we get to see Scarlett Johansson turn into Dr. Manhattan?

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Angelous Wang:
The entire premise of this movie is defeated by the very real part of the human body called the blood brain barrier. There is no way any drugs (well street drugs anyway, some more specific drugs can get through) in someone's blood stream can get into the brain the body is physically designed to prevent this.

But what if it's magic drugs, designed to circumvent the blood brain barrier?

Looks like Limitless bumbed up to the 11th power with some sort of an existential/cosmological/ontological meltdown/crisis/"A God Am I" in the end. She destroys either herself, everyone else, or our creators come to take her away. I'm pretty sure that's how it's gonna go.

I was going to come on and bitch about the 10% of the human brain myth, but you guys seem to have it covered. Thank you Escapist community, my faith in humanity hasn't fallen as much as it could have today.

I freakin' love this woman. So I can't wait for this. And after watching the trailer my thoughts have only been reinforced. It looks awesome.

I know she controls my universe :P

That is probably the dumbest premise for a movie I've seen all day.

Don't get too excited about Under the Skin. Based on the trailer they've completely gone off the mark from the fantastic book it's based on. They've turned what is a hugely compelling look at human-animal relations, farming and heirarchy into some stupid sex and aliens crap. Bloody typical that they'd miss the point of the novel completely.

But otherwise, I'll keep an eye out for Limitless, even if it does sound a bit sci-fi typical. "....and then they become SUPER invincible and REALLY powerful, and then they save the world!!"

Angelous Wang:
The entire premise of this movie is defeated by the very real part of the human body called the blood brain barrier. There is no way any drugs (well street drugs anyway, some more specific drugs can get through) in someone's blood stream can get into the brain the body is physically designed to prevent this.

Uh, virtually all street drugs are mind-affecting substances which either pass through the BBB without difficulty, or are metabolized into, or triggers for, forms which do so.

MovieBob:
(scifi movies will never stop loving that particular science-myth)

I just wish they'd stop with the "only use 10%." If they still want to use the concept, they can do so without continuing with a known falsehood. How about, instead, we start off with a science-type-guy debunking that ridiculous myth -- "Oh, please, we use 100% of our brains. It's just that, at the time, whoever wrote that statement only understood what 10% of the brain did."

...and then better-science-type-guy gets all dramatic eyed: "No, you misunderstand. Up until yesterday, what we thought was our whole brain's potential wasn't quite accurate. That was just the first percent."

See, it can still work. And be even better. Just update to currently known facts, but then say "plus a hundred." And that way it's less stupid sounding to those that know the "10% myth" is myth.

Black Widow deserves her own Movie, the kinetic action would lend itself well to a matrix-stylized movie.

It actually looks pretty cool, and I like a lot of what Besson does so it should be worth checking out. Not sure why so many in this thread seem to be so hung up on the scientific aspect of the premise given that almost every sci-fi movie has some part of it's premise similarly fall apart on inspection.

Hmm...a condom of cocaine activates a well-established pseudo-scientific myth to turn you into a god. All I heard was: "Drugs are awesome! Go do some LSD America!" ^_^

i'd rather watch a good movie based on a dumb premise than a dumb movie based on a good premise.

I hear Morgan Freeman talking all science-like, and the first thing that springs to mind is this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZGINaRUEkU

andy_amfad:
i'd rather watch a good movie based on a dumb premise than a dumb movie based on a good premise.

I agree.

Is the premise dumb? Certainly. However, let us pretend that this is an alternate reality, where humans actually only use 10% of their brain meats. Disbelief has been suspended, I can now enjoy the movie and all its action and all those interesting implications of becoming more than human.

To me, the movie looks like a lot of fun with the possibility of even being thought provoking.

chikusho:
So basically, we get to see Scarlett Johansson turn into Dr. Manhattan?

That is what it looks like. It gets me excited. Is Lucy going to be as deep as Watchmen? Probably not, but Dr. Manhattan was my favourite character Watchmen, will be interesting to see where Lucy takes the idea.

Eh, looks interesting. I'd like to watch it if for nothing else than to see the ending that the trailer leads up to.

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The average superhero movie takes a dude who has a well of courage and the desire to act, but has no means to do so. Or--if he's like Tony Stark--he's at least brave and unflinching even when throw out of his element. When he's told to build a Jericho, he refuses. He builds himself a suit that will empower him to fight his way out.

Throw depowered Peter Parker, or Tony Stark, or Bruce Banner, or Steve Rogers, or even fucking Hancock into a situation where they're being used and pushed around by drug dealers and they'll demonstrate an underlying strength that their powers ultimately act as a lens for. Their powers will seem like the natural extension of the boldness in their hearts.

I like Luc Besson's movies. But when I saw that he was making a superhero movie with a woman in it, I somehow knew the first thirty seconds of the trailer were gonna look like this: a scared, panicky, crying woman being pushed around by coolly confident men in suits. And when she pushes back, she's brutalized by physical violence into crying and cowering some

Not that this is in any way unrealistic, or a bad way for a character to react. Fuck--it's how I'd react. I'm not any stronger or taller than SJ and I don't have any heroic reserves of situationally-inappropriate confidence. And I'm certainly not saying this is gonna be a bad movie just because it portrays this kind of character

But it's kinda sucky that we can't have just one goddamn movie about a woman with super powers where she fits the same wish-fulfillment fantasy: someone who acts in a way that's admirable--but dangerous without super powers or some other kind of implausible action skills--getting super powers.

Can we have that Black Widow movie? Please?

Voulan:
Don't get too excited about Under the Skin. Based on the trailer they've completely gone off the mark from the fantastic book it's based on. They've turned what is a hugely compelling look at human-animal relations, farming and heirarchy into some stupid sex and aliens crap. Bloody typical that they'd miss the point of the novel completely.

But otherwise, I'll keep an eye out for Limitless, even if it does sound a bit sci-fi typical. "....and then they become SUPER invincible and REALLY powerful, and then they save the world!!"

Well, I've never read the book, so I'll judge it off the reviews it's gotten so far. Doing so, I can determine that it's probably a pretty interesting movie that's more than worth my time. I'll go check it out as soon as I get the chance.

so its kill bill with superpowers.

im okay with this.

Ah, the "ten percent of our brain" myth persists. Sigh...

I'm a little torn. On one hand, it looks pretty, I like the principal performers, and if it just cuts loose and has some fun with the premise, it might well be entertaining in a "don't take a whit of this seriously" sort of way.

I mean, c'mon. You've made an unwitting and unwilling woman a drug mule for a substance that could turn her superhuman if something goes wrong with the packaging? Someone is sure only using 10% of their brain...

On the other hand, there's a horrible possibility that the creators actually want this nonsense taken semi-seriously, that they want to say something about human potential or the god-essence inside us or the philosophical ramifications of what power does to one's humanity. And while Hollywood movies love to perpetuate the cliche of fools/madmen who are fonts of secret wisdom, I prefer my wisdom to come from people who seem to have some credible claim to being neither... In other words, if you want to show me how deep and thoughtful you are, this is not looking like the vehicle to pull that off, guys.

Seriously writers? All anyone has to do is Google "10% of Brain" and the first link will be "Ten Percent of Brain Myth" - Wikipedia the free encyclopedia". It's THAT easy! I know that sci-fi/action movies are often based on pseudosciencey mumbo jumbo that isn't meant to be taken seriously, but this is an urban legend WELL KNOWN to be entirely made up. It's almost like making a sci-fi movie based on the premise that the Earth is flat.

I'm sure lots of people are going to see this anyway because it has Black Widow and splosions in it, but to me the stupidity just sucks out any interest I could have feigned.

2clueless:
I hear Morgan Freeman talking all science-like, and the first thing that springs to mind is this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZGINaRUEkU

andy_amfad:
i'd rather watch a good movie based on a dumb premise than a dumb movie based on a good premise.

I agree.

Is the premise dumb? Certainly. However, let us pretend that this is an alternate reality, where humans actually only use 10% of their brain meats. Disbelief has been suspended, I can now enjoy the movie and all its action and all those interesting implications of becoming more than human.

People seem to really like that Christopher Nolan film, Inception. Possibly the dumbest concept for a film I've ever heard since The Prestige. And yet, really neat pulp sci-fi. I don't think "drugs make woman be smarter" is any dumber than "man does heists inside a brain". Christopher Nolan makes it all at least sound smart, which to me would prove that, indeed, the execution makes a film, not its mere premise.

Oooof, the bullshit 10% again? Lazy hack screenwriting BS makes me sigh deeply...
On another note, this does seem to be a kick-ass movie otherwise!

Would be funny (in an immensely dissapointing way) if the thing inside her is actually making her hallucinate and we get an ending similar to Repo Men.

Yeah... I think I'll wait for the Black Widow that's just been announced. I hear they got David Hayter to write and direct it. Should be interesting.

Rutskarn:
And when she pushes back, she's brutalized by physical violence into crying and cowering some

I don't know if you watched the trailer, but to me it looks more like: When she pushes back, she becomes a cold, calculated efficient and brutal superhuman machine that will slowly evolve into a god.

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