The brilliant Scarlett Johansson stars as the title character in the brilliant Luc Besson’s new thriller LUCY – and what a team they make.
From the first trailer, LUCY looks dynamite. She’s a girl in a lot of trouble in Taipei in director Luc Besson’s latest snazzy thriller. But although she’s been forced to be a drugs mule, when some of the contents find their way into her system, she’s transformed into a formidably feisty (and brainy) high-kicking chick. And she’s played by Scarlett Johansson.
It’s ok though because Morgan Freeman is on hand, as a smart professor who can possibly help her unlock what’s happening to her. LUCY reminds me a little of Neil Burger’s superb Limitless but with Besson’s excellent action sequences thrown in.
I’m a big fan of Luc Besson. From his early work, Subway and The Big Blue, to Leon and The Fifth Element, he’s always married the dramatic with the action to really thrilling effect. And like his incomparable Nikita, Besson has cast his lead brilliantly once again with Johansson. With her roles in the fantastic Captain America: The Winter Soldier alongside the very different but fascinating Under the Skin, she is currently doing some of the most interesting work of any A-list Hollywood star.
So get ready for a sharp, high octane ride come August when the movie is released.
Take a look at the trailer and you’ll see what I mean…