Scarlett Johansson Gets Super-Powers in the First ‘Lucy’ Trailer

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Technically, Scarlett Johansson already plays a superhero in the Marvel Film Universe, where she portrays the character Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow. However, in the upcoming sci-fi action/thriller Lucy, ScarJo will get some honest-to-goodness super-powers, to go along with the ability to kick butt and chew bubble gum at the same time.

Johansson headlines as the namesake in Lucy; as revealed by the film’s official trailer reveals (see above), one night the title character is kidnapped, has some kind of mysterious substance (definitely not the FDA-approved kind) surgically placed into her stomach, and is forced by the shady people responsible to transport the material into the United States. However, before that happens, Lucy inadvertently absorbs some of the mystery drug (we’ll just call it MacGuffin) and is able to escape – rather calmly too – thanks to newfound heightened physical/mental capabilities.

At first, the trailer indicates that the sci-fi elements of Luc Besson’s screenplay for Lucy may be something of a Limitless knockoff, when Morgan Freeman’s character – an expert in the field of neurology – starts talking about being able to access “100% of the human brain.” It appears that Besson’s film goes in a different direction than the aforementioned Bradley Cooper vehicle, though, as Johansson’s protagonist – once she begins using more and more of her brain’s “full capacity” – starts evolving into someone with the powers of X-Man Quicksilver and some of Charles Xavier’s abilities (with Black Widow’s hand-to-hand combat skills as the cherry on top).

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When Besson merely co-writes and produces a film the results can be shaky (see: From Paris with Love, 3 Days to Kill, etc.), but he directed Lucy from his own original script. As was mentioned before, Besson’s influences on this project seem to be fairly transparent, though he also looks to offer some innovative variations on those familiar tropes here – similar to what I felt he accomplished with mobster genre elements in his last directorial effort, The Family (and yes, I know that’s something of an unpopular opinion to have).

If nothing else, Besson’s directing efforts - Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, Angel-A – generally have a real cinematic flavor to them. That much once again appears to hold true with Lucy, based on the sharp editing pace, intriguing visuals (see: Lucy’s transforming eye sequence), vibrant color palette, and on the spot comedic timing of the footage in the trailer. Besides, it’s ScarJo as a genuine superhero; that sales pitch alone should be enough to get some butts in the seats when this film hits theaters.


Lucy opens in U.S. theaters on August 8th, 2014.

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  1. Honestly, unless I learn that she develops severe complications from the drugs, I do not plan on watching this film. I just have issues with “power fantasy” films. I have a dislike for characters that seem to be able to do anything with no issue or consequence. I mean, many people say that it is a “typical superhero film,” when it is and is not at the same time. In usual superhero films, the hero has some kind of major issue. Tony Stark is self-destructive. Hulk is regular destructive. Not to mention the bull that is the 10% of the brain myth. There is a difference between using something for plot, and using false information. X-Men has never pretended that the “X-Gene” was a real thing, yet this movie is still going off of the preconception that we use 10% of our brain, when in reality, we are using about 80% of it at any given time.

  2. Too bad they based the premise on ridiculous junk science. That “10%” garbage was disproved decades ago, not that anyone in the field ever believed it. If the screenwriter was this lazy, it doesn’t bode well for the film as a whole. I’ll take a pass on this one.

  3. Why would you perpetuate the myth that people only use 10% of their brain? This is a disservice to an already uneducated society.

  4. When she accesses 68% of her brain, Lucy can parallel park

  5. Interesting!!!

  6. Saw a pre-screening of this “film”; absolute rubbish is it. Do not spend money on this … don’t give these pathetic filmmakers the satisfaction they want from movies like this that further stupify the beliefs of modern societies.

  7. I think it’s very plausible that most humans only use about 10% of their brains ‘potential’. If you compare the average person to any decently smart person, the difference is huge. And also your brain makes new connections throughout your life, which enhances the rest. And she actual did mention somewhere that she could ‘feel all her cells and s*** sending info through her’, later she demonstrated by morphing her body and having complete control of her body. It was also stated previously that if you always used 100% of your brains power it would overload. Isn’t that the same consempt of telekinesis? A lot of the movie is actually based on real theories just like Freeman says, it’s just never been proven on the record. I think you guys are taking it the wrong way, instea of trying to prove it wrong and bad, find a way that it could work-that’s much more entertaining. Supermans abilities are always talked about and how he does them, but we don’t have a superman to test it, doesn’t mean it’s not real physics and science at work. You just gotta have some imagination and smarticals lol

  8. This is a incredible film and perhaps I think tha not everyone gonna get the picture deeply already. I really recommend to whatch it at least twice

  9. Really need to be watched at least twice, very deeply