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Lucy

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Lucy
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Date: 2014-07-25 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 89 min.
  • Director: Luc Besson
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Pilou Asbæk, Claire Tran
  • Producer: Virginie Besson-Silla
  • Writer: Luc Besson
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures
  • Official Site: Lucy Official Site

Scarlett Johansson has always seemed more human than human, her round lips and hips signaling something primordial to us cavemen huddled in the dark of the movie theater. How odd then that her last three films have reduced her to a robotic destroyer of men: as an operating system in Her, a man-eating alien in Under the Skin, and now Lucy, in which an overdose of CPH4 -- the chemical that develops embryos in the womb -- turns her into a blank-eyed assassin with 100 percent mental control over her brain, as opposed to the 10 percent that merely allows us mortals to solve Rubik's Cubes and blast astronauts into space.

Director Luc Besson must think the audience is operating with even fewer synapses. Here, his style is slick but hand-holdingly literal. In the opening when Lucy's boyfriend-of-the-week (Pilou Asbæk) forces her to deliver a briefcase to a Taiwanese gangster (Min-sik Choi), Besson edits in a shot of a mouse in a trap. When that gangster sews drugs in her stomach, he splices in a cheetah snapping the neck of a gazelle. Later, as the newly bionic Lucy seeks vengeance, Besson even tries to convince us she's a strong female character, which to the majority of male action directors simply means a sexy, silent badass. The real females in the audience may wonder why a genius would limp across a multi-continental gunfight in five-inch Louboutins. (Hey smarty-pants, wear sneakers.)

There's enough mumbo jumbo about space and time and cellular division to allow Lucy to feign depth, but what lingers is Besson's regressive belief that even the most intelligent woman on earth can't figure out how to get her way without a miniskirt and a gun.

Amy Nicholson
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  • AMC Ahwatukee 24

    AMC Ahwatukee 24

    4915 E. Ray Road Ahwatukee, AZ 85044
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 10:00 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:35 PM, 7:25 PM, 9:45 PM
  • AMC Arizona Center 24

    AMC Arizona Center 24

    565 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:15 AM, 1:35 PM, 3:55 PM, 6:15 PM, 8:30 PM
  • AMC Arrowhead 14

    AMC Arrowhead 14

    7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center Glendale, AZ 85308
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation;Reserved Seating 10:40 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:20 PM, 5:40 PM, 8:00 PM, 10:20 PM
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  • AMC Desert Ridge 18

    AMC Desert Ridge 18

    21001 N. Tatum Phoenix, AZ 85050
    480-606-0803
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 10:55 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:35 PM, 5:50 PM, 8:10 PM, 10:30 PM
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  • AMC Esplanade 14

    AMC Esplanade 14

    2515 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016
    602-667-0330
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation;Fork & Screen;Reserved Seating 1:45 PM, 10:00 PM
  • AMC Mesa Grand 24

    AMC Mesa Grand 24

    1647 S. Stapley Mesa, AZ 85204
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:15 AM, 11:55 AM, 5:10 PM, 7:20 PM, 9:35 PM
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  • AMC Westgate 20

    AMC Westgate 20

    9400 W. Hanna Drive Glendale, AZ 85306
    888-262-4386
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 1:05 PM, 3:20 PM, 5:45 PM, 8:00 PM, 10:15 PM
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  • Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 with IMAX

    Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 with IMAX

    5000 Arizona Mills Circle Tempe, AZ 85281
    480-820-0387
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (11:15 AM), (1:35 PM), (3:55 PM), 6:15 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:55 PM
  • Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18

    16046 Arrowhead Fountns Center Drive Peoria, AZ 85382
    623-412-0122
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:25 AM, 11:35 AM, 1:50 PM, 4:05 PM, 6:15 PM, 8:25 PM, 10:40 PM
  • Harkins Cine Capri at Tempe Marketplace 16

    2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281
    480-557-0027
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:50 AM, 1:50 PM, 4:40 PM, 7:30 PM, 10:30 PM
  • Harkins Gateway Pavilions 18

    Harkins Gateway Pavilions 18

    10250 W. McDowell Road Avondale, AZ 85323
    623-478-9411
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 11:00 AM, 1:25 PM, 3:35 PM, 5:50 PM, 8:10 PM, 10:25 PM
  • Harkins Norterra 14

    2550 W. Happy Valley Road Phoenix, AZ 85085
    623-582-2020
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:50 AM, 4:10 PM, 9:30 PM
  • Harkins North Valley 16

    Harkins North Valley 16

    3420 E. Bell Road Phoenix, AZ 85032
    602-482-4083
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 1:30 PM, 8:00 PM
  • Harkins SanTan Village 16 Theaters

    2298 E. Williams Field Road Gilbert, AZ 85296
    480-821-3198
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:35 AM, 11:50 AM, 6:15 PM
  • Harkins Superstition Springs Luxury 25

    6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Mesa, AZ 85207
    480-641-4603
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (10:30 AM), (12:40 PM), (3:00 PM), (5:45 PM), 8:00 PM, 10:20 PM
  • iPic Theaters

    iPic Theaters

    15257 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    480-483-3232
    12:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 8:00 PM, 10:45 PM
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  • West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

    West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

    5650 N. 55th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301
    623-939-9715
    Digital Projection;Doublefeature: The November Man with Lucy 9:55 PM
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