‘Lucy’ and her inventive thrills

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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

“The summer’s coolest, juiciest, smartest action movie,” is how respected film critic Richard Corliss of Time Magazine, describes Universal Pictures’ action-thriller Lucy. Directed by Luc Besson, the movie stars the talented Scarlett Johansson.

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“This female-glorifying picture not only shames all PG-13-rated summer spectacles for their wimpitude but also lures the audience into accompanying it on a third-act trip of ambitious movie madness,” continues Corliss in his review. “It begins with a vision of the first known hominid, the three million-year-old female discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and nicknamed Lucy, then bombards you with allusive montages and the intricate drizzle of computer algorithms, and ultimately spirals into transcendent, Kubrickian speculation, all while satisfying the basic movie appetite for twists and thrills.”

Corliss is not the lone voice in praising Lucy to high heavens. Other discriminating critics have heaped accolades to the inventive, rip-roaring actioner—including the hard-to-please triumvirate of Manohla Dargis (The New York Times), Claudia Puig (USA Today), and Justin Chang (Variety).

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in recent cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman in Lucy, an action-thriller that examines the possibility of what one human could truly do if she unlocked 100-percent of her brain capacity and accessed the furthest reaches of her mind.

Opening across the Philippines on August 6, Lucy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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