Scarlett Johansson is an unstoppable force, not only in her career, but also in Luc Besson’s upcoming Lucy. Besson attended WonderCon this past weekend and shared two pivotal scenes in his latest feature film, which were met with uproarious applause. Check out my first reaction to these clips after the break.
The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita, writer/director Luc Besson is no stranger to strong female roles that are action packed and fun for everyone. And after seeing the first trailer for Lucy and hearing that Besson would be attending WonderCon I had to see what he would show during the panel. Regardless of whether I had seen these two scenes or not, I am really excited to see Lucy because of the concept and Scarlett Johansson – she has been killing it.
Now BE WARNED, there will be SLIGHT SPOILERS ahead, but nothing that wasn’t shown in the trailers that could significantly impact your enjoyment of the story.
In the first scene we were shown, we are given a cold open to Lucy being beat up in a janky interrogation room (seen above) and left cowering in the corner. However, the drugs inside her tummy begin to rupture and fuse into her bloodstream. After going full exorcist in the room, she awakens as Black Widow to greet her captor with legs wide open. Once she kicks ass, takes no names, and frees herself, she disposes of the other guards with ease. Yes, this is all in the trailer, but seeing the scene flow without the trailer cuts is very smooth and just as energetic.
What’s new is that after she has done away with her captors she enjoys a nice victory meal of dumplings and whatever else she can get her mitts on at the table the gangsters were sitting at. She downs a glass of water and then uses a bag to take inventory of all of the weapons in the room. Locked and loaded, Lucy casually strolls through what it looks like to be a factory and meets our taxi driver friends. After asking cabby one if he spoke English, she ensures cabby two she is not kidding around by shooting cabby one after he refuses to comply. Hitching a ride, she heads to a hospital.
On her way to the hospital she notices that her hearing has significantly increased in range, or maybe even more. After arriving to the hospital, gun in tow, which no one seems to notice, animation of Chinese characters begin translating into English, showing us that her powers have gone beyond physical attributes. she finds a group of surgeons and busts into the ER. After examining some X-Rays and charts, she comes to the conclusion that the man they were working on would die eventually and shoots him. Pushing him off the examining table, she points the gun at the surgeon and asks him to get the drugs out of her. End scene. The way this scene sequence has been shot and written works really well at showing us how her powers are growing and what new abilities she gains. Quick, but effective.
The next scene wasn’t displayed much in the trailer, but it is just a car chase with Scarlett and Amr Waked, who plays a French policeman. Lucy and the policeman are zooming in and out of traffic with impeccable precision and many, many close calls. But thanks to her 60% brain power, which we find out thanks to a black title screen in BIG WHITE LETTERS, driving through traffic to Lucy comes naturally, anticipating every car’s next move.
As the two are being chased by other police, this scene is interwoven with a group of Asian gangers removing the sacks of blue drugs from other victims in a hospital. I believe the actor Mason Lee is the head gangster leading the show in this clip, as he kills one drug mule who refused to go under the knife. From what I gather, Lucy was able to discover the location of this deal as this incredible car chase sequence ends at the hospital to meet Lee. Rushing to obtain his drugs, Lee and Johansson end the scene face-to-face as the screen cuts to black.
The takeaway here is that during the Q&A section of the panel, Besson claims that the car chase scene only used CGI 30-percent of the time. After picking up my jaw, my brain began to release smoke because the frantic and adrenaline pumping scene had so many crashes and timing details that it felt impossible for most of it to be real. It’s shot and edited really, really well too, which makes the action even more unbelievable and awesome.
What was shown in both clips are not the final edits, and the music was just placeholders, but from just these two short scenes, Lucy is going to be a great time this summer.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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 cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
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Lucy hits theaters everywhere on August 8, 2014.
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