If you’re looking for an intermittently exciting mid-budget action flick with a well-known star in the lead role, look no further than Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, the company famous for reinventing such unlikely names as Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and John Travolta as aging tough guys.
On the other side of the coin, Scarlett Johansson was already a proven ass kicker and a certifiable draw when she signed on to headline Besson’s Lucy, which marked the writer and director’s first outspoken actor behind the camera in over a decade. It turned out that insane frolicking became his highest-grossing effort of all time.
Exploding off the blocks, the high-concept sci-fi thriller went on to earn an impressive $463 million at the box office on a budget of less than $40 million, even as the increasingly illogical plot twisted. transforms into a f*ck polarizing cluster by time as the third act draws to a conclusion.
Johansson is excellent in the lead, balancing the physical and emotional aspects of her performance beautifully, while even the script’s most nonsensical scientific pseudo-babbling seems far more palatable when embraced in the syrupy tones of Morgan Freeman.
Almost eight years after its release, and Lucy came back to life on streaming, with FlixPatrol revealing that the bonkers genre mashup has ranked among the top ten most popular tracks on iTunes in multiple countries around the world.