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Lucy (2014)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Lucy (2014)

It was supposed to be a simple job. All Lucy had to do was deliver a mysterious briefcase to Mr. Jang. But immediately Lucy is caught up in a nightmarish deal where she is captured and turned into a drug mule for a new and powerful synthetic drug. When the bag she is carrying inside of her stomach leaks, Lucy's body undergoes unimaginable changes that begins to unlock her mind's full potential. With her new-found powers, Lucy turns into a merciless warrior intent on getting back at her captors. She receives invaluable help from Professor Norman, the leading authority on the human mind, and French police captain Pierre Del Rio. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, revenge, surrealism
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel, hospital
Characters:professor, hostage, detective, nurse, doctor
Story:brain capacity, drug mule, male physician, death of boyfriend, drug overdose, bullet time, time lapse photography, college professor, race against time, time travel, taxi driver, scientist, cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, face spattered with blood

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:race against time, cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, threatened with a knife, foot chase, metal detector, car chase, dual wield, security camera, stylized violence, uzi, crime boss, silencer, tough girl, knocked out, organized crime, news report, no opening credits

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, doctor
Story:race against time, cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, super computer, man hits a woman, anti heroine, ticket, one woman army, englishman abroad, bazooka, mob boss, car chase, superheroine, female warrior, action heroine, rocket launcher

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, hotel
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, taxi driver, cell phone, threatened with a knife, foot chase, tear on cheek, unsubtitled foreign language, woman kills a man, eiffel tower paris, stabbed in the hand, car chase, dual wield, rome italy, stylized violence, subtitled scene, american abroad, bodyguard, tough girl, knocked out, champagne

American Ultra (2015) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, conspiracy, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel
Characters:hostage
Story:bullet time, race against time, cell phone, police shootout, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, man hits a woman, close up of eye, unsubtitled foreign language, woman kills a man, stabbed in the hand, bag over head, text messaging, time, nosebleed, security camera, stylized violence, american abroad, bodyguard, tough girl

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. This is why Atomic Blonde (2017) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014). (Read More)

Themes:sadism, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel
Characters:hostage
Story:time lapse photography, race against time, police shootout, police chase, threatened with a knife, foot chase, anti heroine, one woman army, metal detector, woman kills a man, intelligence, englishman abroad, police raid, car chase, female warrior, action heroine, strong female lead, stylized violence, berlin germany, subtitled scene

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:drug overdose, race against time, taxi driver, cell phone, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, flash drive, englishman abroad, text messaging, bazooka, car chase, junkie, dual wield, rocket launcher, gun fu, security camera, stylized violence, subtitled scene, american abroad, laptop

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, hotel
Characters:hostage
Story:time lapse photography, race against time, taxi driver, cell phone, threatened with a knife, foot chase, flash drive, fire fight, anti heroine, one woman army, woman kills a man, drug smuggling, englishman abroad, text messaging, bazooka, car chase, junkie, female warrior, action heroine, rocket launcher

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, hotel
Story:cell phone, threatened with a knife, foot chase, stabbed in the hand, englishman abroad, mob boss, car chase, dual wield, female warrior, rocket launcher, gun fu, rome italy, stylized violence, crime boss, subtitled scene, silencer, american abroad, bodyguard, tough girl, suitcase

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport
Characters:professor, hostage, doctor
Story:race against time, taxi driver, cell phone, police chase, foot chase, flash drive, fire fight, x rayed skeleton, woman kills a man, text messaging, car chase, security camera, subtitled scene, american abroad, laptop, injection, bodyguard, knocked out, library, on the run

Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. This is why Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, hotel
Characters:hostage, detective, doctor
Story:race against time, taxi driver, cell phone, police detective, police chase, foot chase, flash drive, woman kills a man, rocket launcher, security camera, subtitled scene, silencer, american abroad, laptop, tough girl, knocked out, on the run, news report, no opening credits, ambulance

Ride Along 2 (2016)
Action, Comedy

Ride Along 2 (2016)

The RIDE ALONG 2 sequel picks up about a year after our heroes' last adventure. Plans for a quick trip to Miami go bad. With the wedding upcoming, James reluctantly takes Ben with him to Miami to follow up on a lead connected to a drug ring case he's been trying to crack. In Miami, they meet Maya, a no-BS homicide detective who lets them know Miami is her turf. They also encounter AJ, a shady cocky computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a well-respected local businessman, the wealthy Antonio Pope. Pope harbors a vicious streak and rules South Florida's drug trade. If Ben and James can convince the authorities that Pope is a brutal crime boss they'll stop his spree. If they fail, well there may not be a wedding after all. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, drugs
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:race against time, cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, foot chase, drug ring, flash drive, police captain, drug smuggling, text messaging, car chase, crime boss, silencer, bodyguard, tough girl, knocked out, organized crime, drug dealer, montage

Ride Along (2014) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, doctor
Story:cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, text messaging, car chase, security camera, crime boss, bodyguard, knocked out, news report, security guard, tied to a chair, ambulance, police station, shot in the back, handcuffs

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, hotel
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:intelligence, race against time, cell phone, threatened with a knife, foot chase, anti heroine, close up of eye, one woman army, metal detector, woman kills a man, car chase, telepathy, dual wield, female warrior, action heroine, security camera, stylized violence, uzi, berlin germany, silencer

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:escape, betrayal, drugs, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:detective
Story:drug overdose, police detective, police chase, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, korean, overdose, dual wield, switchblade, uzi, crime boss, organized crime, drug addict, no opening credits, drug dealer, police station, shot in the back, handcuffs, interrogation

22 Jump Street (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. This is why 22 Jump Street (2014) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:hotel
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:college professor, cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, man hits a woman, police captain, bag over head, text messaging, car chase, dual wield, switchblade, time, uzi, crime boss, laptop, college student, statue

Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, surrealism
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:bullet time, cell phone, police shootout, police chase, foot chase, super computer, woman wearing black lingerie, woman kills a man, stabbed in the hand, englishman abroad, text messaging, bazooka, car chase, telekinesis, dual wield, rocket launcher, gun fu, mind control, stylized violence, uzi

Dracula 2000 (2000)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, surrealism
Locations:airport
Characters:professor, hostage, doctor
Story:bullet time, race against time, threatened with a knife, foot chase, glowing eyes, mind reading, woman kills a man, englishman abroad, telepathy, mind control, security camera, stylized violence, injection, college student, knocked out, library, transformation, news report, security guard, disguise

Nikita (1990)
Action, Thriller

Nikita (1990)

Nikita est tres jeune, elle a vingt ans, mais elle a emprunte une mauvaise voie. Pendant un hold-up avec sa bande, elle tue un policier et est condamnee a la prison a vie. Les services secrets, par contre, lui offrent une voie de sortie : devenir un agent special, pret a tout, a leur service. Nikita accepte et commence ainsi un apprentissage tres dur qui concerne non seulement les differents modes de tuer, de prendre la fuite ou de faire face a des situations imprevues, mais aussi la maniere de se comporter en femme qui a de la classe, capable de se conduire avec aisance dans tous les milieux. Sous la conduite de Bob, Nikita arrive a freiner son caractere rebelle et a surmonter la terrible epreuve finale. Elle semble etre devenue une personne differente et tombe amoureuse. Mais faut-il faire confiance aux services secrets ? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping
Locations:elevator, hotel
Characters:hostage
Story:cell phone, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, anti heroine, one woman army, eiffel tower paris, stabbed in the hand, junkie, dual wield, switchblade, female warrior, action heroine, strong female lead, security camera, uzi, strong female character, silencer, bodyguard, tough girl

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport, hotel, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:race against time, cell phone, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, anti heroine, one woman army, woman kills a man, bag over head, car chase, female warrior, action heroine, rome italy, uzi, subtitled scene, silencer, american abroad, laptop, bodyguard, tough girl

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, hair dye, tattooing, metal detector, stabbed in the hand, text messaging, junkie, crime boss, self sacrifice, knocked out, organized crime, drug addict, on the run, news report, no opening credits, drug dealer, montage, disguise

Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, hotel, hospital
Story:cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, handcuffed to a pipe, police raid, car chase, junkie, nosebleed, security camera, organized crime, drug addict, no opening credits, security guard, drug dealer, disguise, police station, shot in the back

The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, hotel, hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, doctor
Story:drug overdose, race against time, cell phone, police detective, police chase, threatened with a knife, foot chase, woman wearing a little black dress, knowledge, woman wearing black lingerie, woman kills a man, englishman abroad, text messaging, mob boss, car chase, security camera, stylized violence, crime boss, silencer, american abroad

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, nurse, doctor
Story:cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, police raid, text messaging, car chase, archival footage, security camera, surgery, subtitled scene, laptop, college student, on the run, news report, no opening credits, security guard, drug dealer, montage

Machete Kills (2013) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, surrealism, revenge
Characters:hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:race against time, cell phone, threatened with a knife, foot chase, bazooka, car chase, dual wield, security camera, stylized violence, uzi, surgery, subtitled scene, silencer, self sacrifice, bodyguard, tough girl, organized crime, on the run, news report, outer space

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. This is why Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:bullet time, race against time, cell phone, threatened with a knife, foot chase, anti heroine, woman kills a man, englishman abroad, car chase, dual wield, female warrior, action heroine, gun fu, security camera, stylized violence, uzi, subtitled scene, silencer, american abroad, laptop

Kick-ass 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:cell phone, police detective, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, anti heroine, one woman army, stabbed in the hand, text messaging, superheroine, dual wield, switchblade, female warrior, action heroine, strong female lead, stylized violence, strong female character, crime boss, subtitled scene, bodyguard

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:death of boyfriend, cell phone, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, woman kills a man, forename as title, car chase, mutation, security camera, subtitled scene, laptop, injection, knocked out, suitcase, latex gloves, shot in the back, scientist, interrogation, held at gunpoint

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, drugs, revenge
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, police captain, woman kills a man, stabbed in the hand, police raid, main character dies, mob boss, junkie, switchblade, time, security camera, uzi, crime boss, bodyguard, organized crime

3 Days To Kill (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

Dying of brain cancer, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger; but first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunt down the world's most ruthless terrorist and look after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, kidnapping
Locations:elevator, hotel, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:time, race against time, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, experimental drug, eiffel tower paris, car chase, rocket launcher, birth, nosebleed, syringe, uzi, subtitled scene, silencer, american abroad, injection, bodyguard, tough girl, suitcase

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. This is why Ngo Si Seoi (1998) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:hotel, hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, nurse, doctor
Story:cell phone, police detective, police chase, foot chase, bag over head, car chase, stylized violence, subtitled scene, silencer, laptop, bodyguard, tough girl, knocked out, on the run, police station, scientist, handcuffs, interrogation, car crash, held at gunpoint

Red 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:airport, hotel
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, eiffel tower paris, korean, bag over head, car chase, dual wield, female warrior, action heroine, gun fu, security camera, stylized violence, uzi, subtitled scene, silencer, american abroad, injection, tough girl

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, cell phone, foot chase, korean, dual wield, female warrior, action heroine, rocket launcher, gun fu, security camera, stylized violence, uzi, silencer, american abroad, injection, bodyguard, tough girl, knocked out, on the run, news report

The Heat (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, escape, torture, drugs, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, nurse, doctor
Story:race against time, cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, anti heroine, one woman army, police captain, car chase, dual wield, female warrior, action heroine, rocket launcher, crime boss, tough girl, knocked out, organized crime, tied to a chair

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage, detective, nurse, doctor
Story:drug overdose, race against time, cell phone, police detective, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, man hits a woman, police captain, stabbed in the hand, bag over head, police raid, junkie, injection, attempted rape, knocked out, drug addict, no opening credits, tied to a chair, drug dealer, ambulance

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop. This is why Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, revenge
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, foot chase, junkie, dual wield, female warrior, crime boss, silencer, self sacrifice, tough girl, drug addict, no opening credits, drug dealer, massacre, police station, shot in the back, held at gunpoint, gunfight

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, escape, torture, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:bullet time, race against time, threatened with a knife, foot chase, super computer, x rayed skeleton, one woman army, female hero, car chase, mutation, dual wield, female warrior, action heroine, rocket launcher, gun fu, mind control, security camera, stylized violence, syringe, self sacrifice

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, deception, escape, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, cell phone, police chase, threatened with a knife, foot chase, super computer, flash drive, anti heroine, one woman army, woman kills a man, englishman abroad, car chase, female warrior, action heroine, rocket launcher, security camera, berlin germany, subtitled scene, silencer, american abroad

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, surrealism, revenge
Locations:elevator, airport
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, anti heroine, force field, one woman army, woman kills a man, bag over head, female warrior, action heroine, strong female lead, time, security camera, strong female character, injection, tough girl, knocked out, on the run, no opening credits, security guard

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, drugs, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage, detective
Story:race against time, cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, bag over head, police raid, mob boss, junkie, security camera, uzi, crime boss, subtitled scene, laptop, bodyguard, organized crime, drug addict

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge, surrealism
Characters:professor, hostage, doctor
Story:race against time, threatened with a knife, foot chase, mind reading, woman kills a man, telepathy, telekinesis, mind control, security camera, subtitled scene, american abroad, laptop, self sacrifice, injection, knocked out, statue, transformation, news report, no opening credits, security guard

Bandidas (2006)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Western

Bandidas (2006)

In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, Maria, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, Maria and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Characters:detective
Story:bullet time, race against time, police detective, threatened with a knife, foot chase, anti heroine, woman kills a man, female warrior, action heroine, gun fu, stylized violence, subtitled scene, american abroad, tough girl, knocked out, statue, montage, disguise, police station, shot in the back

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, anti heroine, korean, main character dies, car chase, death of protagonist, female warrior, action heroine, rocket launcher, security camera, uzi, subtitled scene, silencer, self sacrifice, tough girl, knocked out, news report, montage

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, kidnapping
Locations:airport, hotel, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:cell phone, police chase, foot chase, bag over head, car chase, security camera, syringe, uzi, silencer, american abroad, injection, knocked out, on the run, news report, tied to a chair, ambulance, disguise, scientist, handcuffs, interrogation

2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:elevator, hotel
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, intelligence, stabbed in the hand, mob boss, car chase, rocket launcher, security camera, uzi, crime boss, subtitled scene, silencer, bodyguard, organized crime, on the run, no opening credits, security guard, tied to a chair

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. This is why Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, conspiracy, deception, escape, betrayal, revenge
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:nurse, doctor
Story:time lapse photography, race against time, taxi driver, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, foot chase, flash drive, x rayed skeleton, metal detector, englishman abroad, time, security camera, silencer, laptop, bodyguard, champagne, news report, security guard, montage, handcuffs

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal, revenge
Story:time travel, tear on cheek, bag over head, death of protagonist, telekinesis, junkie, dual wield, time, syringe, strong female character, crime boss, subtitled scene, american abroad, self sacrifice, tough girl, organized crime, drug addict, on the run, montage, shot in the back

Alex Cross (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Characters:detective, hostage
Story:race against time, cell phone, police detective, police shootout, police chase, foot chase, police captain, rocket launcher, security camera, crime boss, silencer, laptop, bodyguard, drug addict, no opening credits, security guard, police station, shot in the back, interrogation, car crash

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Lucy (2014)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:conspiracy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, revenge
Locations:hotel
Characters:detective, hostage
Story:boyfriend, race against time, police detective, police shootout, threatened with a knife, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, car chase, dual wield, switchblade, gun fu, stylized violence, self sacrifice, bodyguard, knocked out, organized crime, drug addict, massacre, police station, shot in the back, interrogation

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Thriller

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011)

Johnny Blaze, a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Mephistopheles at the time (now Roarke), is on the run trying to make sure no-one is harmed by his alter ego, The Ghost Rider. He is approached by a Monk named Moreau who tells him that he can help be him free of the Rider, but first, he needs Johnny's help to protect a boy, whom Roarke has plans for, to help him take human form. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, deception, escape, kidnapping, surrealism
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:race against time, cell phone, threatened with a knife, foot chase, bag over head, bazooka, car chase, telepathy, rocket launcher, time, security camera, uzi, subtitled scene, silencer, self sacrifice, injection, knocked out, on the run, transformation, no opening credits

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