I’d like to nominate Scarlett Johanson for an honorary NRA membership, because this brilliant sci-fi story is unintentionally pro-gun. The film begins with a common American woman kidnapped by the Chinese mafia and turned into a drug mule.
What the dealers don’t expect is that the illegal package of drugs they inserted into her belly has started to leak after another gangster beats her up. The drug gives her the opportunity to use a higher percentage of her brain. After this, a woman who has probably never shot before becomes a marksman. She can even shoot through walls and hit four targets. This goes against the ammophobe’s credo that only stupid people like guns.
Lucy scored an impressive $44 million on opening weekend, outselling Hercules by more than 10 mil.
But you don’t have to worry about your movie dollar financing Harvey Weinstein. This movie was produced by a friendly frog.
Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. The director’s FX-heavy sci-fi thriller Lucy (which hits theaters Friday) presents Scarlett Johansson as a Taipei-based expatriate-turned-reluctant drug mule who, through a freak accident, taps into a reservoir of superhuman brain power—and ends up kicking no small amount of ass in the process.
Sorry Bill O’Reilly, I will not be boycotting France this time. Vive le Besson, and mercy for showing lots of beautiful guns in your lovely action films. If you haven’t seen La Femme Nikita I recommend it, although the American version is better.