Today on TV: a bold and fun science fiction ‘thriller’ that blew it up at the box office with Scarlett Johansson

Science fiction can also be fun and a great example is the incredibly entertaining ‘Lucy’, by the cult director Luc Besson (‘The Fifth Element’), which we can see open today on Cuatro.

What would happen if people could 100% of the potential of their brains, and not, as is often claimed, only a maximum of 10%? That is the question that the director of The fifth elementLuc Besson, in his sci-fi action film Lucy, a fearless 90-minute thriller starring Scarlett Johansson in 2014 that turned out to be a real box office hit and that tonight will be the protagonist of the Cuatro film session, which broadcasts the film at 10 p.m. as an excellent Friday night proposal.

Perhaps answering the question does not end up being the ultimate goal in Besson’s film, but to be a fireworks display and violently creative action in which Johansson, as the titular heroine, ends up being even more powerful than in her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Let’s recap: During a holiday party in Taipei, American student Lucy Miller (Johansson) is persuaded by her criminal friend Richard – played by Pilou Asbæk, who at the time of the film’s release had not yet been seen by Game of Thrones– to deliver a drug-filled suitcase to the mysterious Mr. Chang (Choi Min-sik). A mission that, if he had known the consequences, he might never have accepted. In her stomach, Lucy must carry a kind of super drug that begins to spread through her body when the bag of the substance accidentally breaks.

However, far from sending her straight to the hospital or ending her life, the drugs give him a series of superhuman powers, such as telekinesis, the complete absence of pain, the ability to absorb knowledge instantly, and spectacular speed. Some skills that end up turning Lucy into a killing machine.

Entertaining, light and loaded with large doses of spectacular action, Lucy does not give rise to boredom. and, although it has a background, it does not waste time on the philosophical. With mixed but mostly positive reviewsfor some this is one of the strengths of the film, while others considered that the absence of showing such a surreal science fiction setting detracted from many points.

In any case, Lucy debuted at the box office as a bomb in 2014: With a production budget of only $40 million, Besson’s film was able to be made with some global profits of 457 million dollars that allowed it to establish itself as one of the most successful pure action films of all time.

What I said: You can see it in open Today, Friday, January 13, 2023, on the Mediaset Cuatro channel.