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Besson dreams of “Lucy”

“I’m very silently judging you”

Suddenly, “Nikita” seems very far away…or does it?

The Hollywood Reporter’s “Heat Vision” blog today reported on director Luc Besson’s next actioner, “Lucy”, which has a plotline so deranged as to makes Besson’s “Taken” series look like the work of Michael Haneke.

Johansson’s character is a drug mule whose exposure to the illicit substance she’s transporting turns her into a one woman take-down machine, impervious to pain and telekinetic to boot.

If you read that log line and said to yourself, “I’d sooner eat my crusty toenails in a sandwich than watch that”, I fully sympathise – but you’re reading the blog of the man who willingly exposes himself to “Resident Evil” movies and counts the “Underworld” franchise as one of his favourite movie jams.

Don't Look Down...

Don’t Look Down…

Taste, or my lack of thereof, somewhat suggests that I’ll be turning out for this movie on opening weekend.  I’m not sure when Besson went from the enfant not especially terrible of French cinema to the guy behind goofy actioners like “The Transporter” films or my favourite of his obscurities as a producer, “Yamakasi”, but I’m not about to deny that I love many of his – shall we say – more lightweight endeavours…

 

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“Lock Out” gets new trailer. Awesomeness still intact.

Film titles are confusing.

Hey up, it's Rudy from "Misfits"!

Depending on where you are in the world, the latest sci-fi action flick from Luc Besson’s Europa Corp is titled “Escape From MS One” or “Lock Out: Maximum Security”.  It’s enough to cause mucho confusion down the multiplex on a Saturday night, should your mind not be on your viewing game.

Who let Michael Bay behind the camera?

I’m probably preferring the “Escape From MS One” variant, if I’m honest, as it offers a subtle homage to the discerning nerd cineaste that this film is wholly in thrall to John Carpenter’s glorious “Escape from New York” (and “Escape from LA”, of which we don’t speak) and no greater template could a genre film-maker have than that snarky, mean-spirited and singular B-movie.

Near orbit, zero-G, white knuckle base jumping, anybody?

There’s a bit more action in this trailer – not all of it brilliant, some of it looking like it escaped from a PS2 game cut-scene – and a bit less of Guy Pearce being all hard-boiled and bad-assed, but the cumulative effect still has me keen to go and support a smaller-scale genre picture when it opens in April.

It’s all about balance, really.  $200 million blockbusters are all very nice but a decent B-movie warms the cockles of my heart.  And if John Carpenter can’t (or doesn’t want to) make this kind of movie any longer, I’m kind of glad that Luc Besson’s production auspices are letting them happen.

 

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“Lock Out” trailer – new Sci-Fi action from Luc Besson’s genre factory

Guy Pearce, doing sardonic in 2012 sci-fi action pic, "Lock Out.

Thanks to those quick-on-the-draw types at NeoGaf’s Off-Topic forum I was able to find the first trailer for the latest sci-fi actioner from producer Luc Besson’s gallic B-movie assembly line Europa Corp, “Lock Out” .

And it’s looking okay.  The tone of the trailer’s opening first half, with Guy Pearce taking a beating whilst snarking at his captors reminded in no small way of Bruce Willis’ performance in Tony Scott and Shane Black’s neo-noir nineties classic, “The Last Boy Scout”.  For those in any doubt, that is A Very Good Thing, Indeed.

"Touch me again and I'll kill ya'..."

This film, meanwhile, sounds for all the world like a big old riff on the glorious John Carpenter/Kurt Russell eighties sci-fi “Escape From New York”, taking the premise of a down-at-heel loser getting a chance at redemption by rescuing the president’s daughter and setting it in space, with the rescue mission set on an orbital prison overrun by its inmates.

Set in the space year 1997, fact fans...

It’s due out in the spring of 2012 and seems to have just the right measure of self-aware humour to mentalist sci-fi action – this is one genre pic that I’ll be keeping an eye on.

 

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