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Action films bore me, says Lucy director Luc Besson

French film director Luc Besson, right, and his wife and producer Virginie Silla attend a news conference to promote his latest movie Lucy in Taipei on Aug. 19.

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French director Luc Besson’s new film, Lucy, about a woman who ingests a drug that gives her supernormal mental powers, says action films bore him — but his movie still has a spectacular car chase through Paris.

Besson, whose other sci-fi hit, The Fifth Element (1997), starred Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, has turned to the versatile Scarlett Johansson to play the Lucy of the title.

Besson, who wrote the screenplay as well as directing, started with the idea that the average person uses only 10 percent of the brain’s cognitive powers.

Besson’s movie contains plenty of high-octane action sequences, but the director said that as he grew older he found he felt the need to “mix philosophical content with fun.”

“I am not a 16-year-old moviegoer and I love action film and thriller and all this, but I need content now, I need more. You know if it’s just an action film, I get bored after an hour even if it’s really well done.”

The film has already taken in more than US$128.9 million worldwide, according to Screen Daily. It topped the French and North American box offices on release.







這部電影在全球各地已開出一億兩千八百九十萬美元的票房,據《Screen Daily》報導。該片一上映便稱霸法國和北美地區院線票房。



1. ingest v.

攝取;吸收 (she4 qu3; xi1 shou1)

例: The drug is more easily ingested in pill form.


2. high-octane adj.

強而有力的 (qiang2 er2 you3 li4 de5)

例: She has carried out a high-octane marketing plan.


3. sequence n.

連續鏡頭 (lian2 xu4 jing4 tou2)

例: I enjoyed the movie’s opening sequence.


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