Best New Movie Bets: July 25 | 'Lucy' & more

Best New Bet: "Lucy"

Luc Besson’s latest is not exactly the movie one would expect given the advertising campaign which seemed to indicate a female powered action flick with sci-fi elements. In actuality it is more of a meditative analysis of evolutionary theory and Darwinism. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) hardly beats anyone up with her fists and an actual fight sequence is hard to come by. The movie feels decidedly more Aronofsky than Besson. There are some intriguing principals and it stimulates the mind with scientific queries.

The plot centers on the titular Lucy (Johansson) who is forced into being a drug mule through a set of unwitting circumstances that lead her into the path of a vicious gangster. It’s her exposure to the super drug which gives her the ability to use her brain to its full capacity. Enter Morgan Freeman to explain the mechanics of this situation and you have the recipe for a sci-fi thriller that works.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as “Hercules” in this latest adaption of the mythological story directed by Brett Ratner. It’s a swashbuckling actioner that appears to be a cross between “The Scorpion King” (also starring Johnson) and the recent “Clash of the Titans” films. Worth mentioning is the film also stars Rebecca Ferguson who made a remarkable impression in last year’s mini-series “The White Queen”. She is a talent to be on the lookout for, as she is the rumored front-runner for the female lead in the next installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise.

“A Most Wanted Man” makes its theatrical debut after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in this espionage thriller directed by Anton Corjin, who helmed the methodical hit-man drama “The American”. Co-starring opposite Hoffman is a plethora of talents including Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Daniel Bruhl. To read more about what Eclectic Pop had to say about the film in January, click here.

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton team up in the romantic comedy “And So It Goes” directed by Rob Reiner. Douglas stars as a pompous realtor who implores the help of his neighbor (Keaton) when his long lost granddaughter is unceremoniously abandoned at his home. Keaton and Douglas are a must-see anytime they make a movie. Having a similarly boisterous on-screen energy it will be interesting to see them play off of each other. Hopefully the script proves worthy of their talents.