‘Lucy’ Trailer: Scarlett Johansson as a Superhuman Drug Mule (Video)

April 2, 2014

Scarlett Johansson has caused a sensation as the world gets the first look at her new role as a drug mule with immense superhuman powers in Luc Besson’s science fiction thriller, ‘Lucy’ as the trailer his the Web.

Scarlett Johansson is on the promo trail for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ having reprised her Black Widow role. But now a new trailer arrives revealing her giving what appears to be a knockout performance as a superhuman of sorts in the latest movie from the always visionary writer and director Luc Besson who gave us the likes of ‘La Femme Nikita’ and ‘The Professional’ and ‘The Fifth Element.’

A drug mule in a future world where drugs can give us physical enhancement and powers beyond what we think of as “normal” makes for an intriguing premise of itself. And so we witness Scarlett Johansson as the titular Lucy who takes on the dangerous job of a drug mule with no measure of enthusiasm; she is forced into it, in fact.

But the drugs that she ingested — as a drug mule — break free and enter her blood stream when she is beaten by tugs. This sparks her transformation as she becomes a superhuman with a variety of powers, including telekinesis as well as the ability to absorb knowledge instantly. And along the way, she sheds emotions and empathy. Has the drug made her thus a sociopath with super powers and an immense intellect?

While watching a tough warrior — especially a female warrior — gets a rise in adrenaline in the viewer at the same time, the concept and the storyline is just under the surface unsettling. Is this the future of humankind? We have seen so many movies exploring the concept of humans with immense powers who become corrupted and power mad along the way.

That said, the movie looks to be quite intriguing. There’s the brief appearance of Morgan Freeman’s professorial character in the trailer which gives it even more gravitas. In a lecture hall, he intones “It is estimated that most human beings only use 10 percent of their brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could use all of it. Things would get interesting.”

The movie is exploring just that concept as the trailer reveals. It does look like just that, interesting, and then some as Lucy gets more and more powerful, destroying people, buildings and anything else in her path!

‘Lucy’ opens in theaters on August 8th.

Pictures: PR Photos

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