Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Luca Angeletti, Loïc Brabant, Pierre Grammont, Pierre Poirot, Bertrand Quoniam, Pascal Loison
Synospsis: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality
8 / 10
- Great visual effects
- Great action scenes
- Scarlett Johansson gives a great performance in the film
- Morgan Freeman delivers a solid performance, and he has arguably the only good supporting role in this feature; even if it is mainly to provide exposition into what Lucy is going through.
- The subtle scene shifts at the beginning of the film where it'll show an animal that's in a parallel situation to what Lucy is going through is rather clever. It's almost a shame it couldn't have been use throughout the entire film.
- Nice social commentary about how humanity still shares traits with various animals at times, while showing how humanity squanders it's own potential over petty things.
- The majority of supporting characters aren't developed that well, as many of them are used more as props to move the story along more than being treated as actual characters.
- The story has a few plot holes, and lapse in logic within it's own story content.
- The tone of the movie feels a bit uneven at times. Almost as if the film itself couldn't decide whether to be this deep science fiction film, or be just another generic science fiction thriller.
The average person uses 10 % of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with a 100 %.
Throughout the years, there's been many theories about this same subject matter. Some have claimed that humanity only uses a small percentage of their brain's full potential, while others chalk that up to being an old wive's tale based purely in the realms of science fiction. Whatever the case may be, one thing we can say for sure is that it does make for an interesting subject to explore when it comes to movies. Although I'm sure there's probably been a lot of different films and TV shows that have explored this concept before, but it seems like Luc Besson decides to come up with his own version based around this concept..
The film is centered around a young girl named Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), who ends up in a situation of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her boyfriend is some sort of shady delivery person, who's been hired to deliver a package to some Asian mafia boss. In fear that he might do something to him because they've had a bit of a falling out recently, he tries persuade Lucy to deliver it for him; in hopes her dashing good looks will sway him from doing anything awful.
She doesn't want to at first, and tries to do whatever she can to get out of it. However, he ends up handcuffing her wrist to the damn briefcase that's to be delivered; hence she has no choice in the matter.
At the beginning of the film, we see the scenes shift to show an animal in various situations that eerily reflect on what's going on in the story. In the opening scene where the boyfriend tries to talk Lucy into delivering the package on his behalf, we're shown a picture of a doe eyed deer that's scrounging for food. Meanwhile, we also see a vicious predator stalking this same deer, and then the scene shifts immediately back to Lucy's situation; almost implying that she's the innocent little deer about to be preyed upon.
In the following scene, Lucy finally enters the building to deliver the package, and then she's asked to stay right where she is. It's during that moment that we see another scene shift to show a mouse about sniffing it's way towards a mouse trap; implying that Lucy was walking into a dangerous trap. It's a clever way of foreshadowing events, as it makes the film seem kind of deep in some ways because it implies how we're not all that much different from animals. Sadly though, it's carried over throughout the rest of the feature.
Needless to say, she ends up working a drug mule for this Asian mob boss against her will. They surgically implant a new kind of drug that they recently developed, and they put it inside her intestines for safe keeping. However, due to a series of events, the drug leaks inside her body; hence granting her the ability to access more of her brain than previously thought possible. Slowly gaining more control over her brain, as each increase allows her to have more abilities that defy the imagination.
Like most science fiction lore involving this type of premise, she not only starts to possess strong telepathic and telekinetic abilities, but she gains a few others as well. Some including knowledge and secrets of the universe that was previously unknown to mankind, and she's able to manipulate particles in her body to change like the color of her hair at will. Hell, she can even grow extra fingers and etc, whenever she wants. She's even able to travel back and forth through time as well. In fact, she even meets the first known human girl in humanity's known existence, who also happens to be named Lucy.
However, the only problem is that her body is rejecting the drug, so she needs to put more of it into her bloodstream in order to keep her body from breaking down. Rather than just making the drug herself, she decides it would be much easier to track down all the other drug mules, and take their stashes instead.
Meanwhile, she's hunted down by the Asian mafia that wants her dead, and she's trying to help some scientist with his research, who coincidentally specializes in the theory about people using only a small fraction of their brain's total capacity.
I'll admit that "Lucy" is a very entertaining movie on the surface. And if you're into science fiction thriller films, then you'll definitely love watching "Lucy." However, like "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" earlier this year, the tone of this story is a bit uneven at times. Sometimes, it feels like the film is trying to be this bats*** crazy revenge action flick, with some great visual effects. While at other times, it feels like the story is trying to be this strong social commentary on how humanity's squanders it's potential over petty bulls***, when we have yet to reach our full potential as a species.
Don't get me wrong, "Lucy" is a very entertaining movie for what it is, but it feels a bit uneven at times to where you're often not sure how to feel about it. Many of the supporting characters aren't written particularly well; outside of Morgan Freeman's character of course, as he plays the scientist that provides a bit of exposition on Lucy's condition.
Sadly though, most of the supporting characters are fairly useless, and they're treated more like props that move the story along instead of being treated as actual characters. In fact, Lucy's roommate is only in one brief scene, and she serves almost little to no purpose in the story; which makes her appearance a bit pointless to say the least.
Scarlett Johansson delivers a solid performance, and she definitely proves that she can carry her own action flick. Something that I'm sure will probably go a long way towards convincing Marvel Studios to eventually green lighting a "Black Widow" feature sometime in the near future. However, that's another topic discuss at a later period.
Sadly, like "Limitless", this film seems to have a lot of flaws in it's narrative logic that it makes you question whether or not Luc Besson read his own script. For starters, the drug that's introduced into her body was tested on another man around the beginning of the film. As far as we know, he never gained any super intelligence or any special abilities. But then again, he was shot in the head before we could find out. But even if that's the case, then that still wouldn't explain a few things.
Are we seriously expected to believe that this drug wasn't tested before that part? Didn't anyone bother to test it on someone that they didn't shoot in the head? Granted, I've NEVER worked in the illegal narcotics industry before, but I'm pretty sure they don't just make random a** new drugs and put it out on the street without having the faintest idea on what that drug could potentially do. That just spells bad business practice on any level.
Secondly, if "Lucy" was so powerful and knowledgeable, then why the hell couldn't she have made the drug herself instead of going after the other drug mules? That makes very little sense. In the movie, it was stated that the drug was created by a substance referred to as CPH4, which is produced by women whenever they get pregnant. Now, they also established that Lucy can control all her bodies' molecules at will, so that begs the question. If she had full control over every cell in her freaking body, then why couldn't she produce the damn drug herself? Your telling me she knows all the secrets of the universe, and even knows that people don't really die in death. Yet, she doesn't know how to make the drug herself? That makes no freaking sense.
But then again, if they did have her create the damn drug herself, then there wouldn't be much of a story to begin with. Hell, if this film was trying to be logical, then Lucy would've just killed all the bad guys. Produced the drug with her own body without all the hassle, and the film would've been over in less than twenty minutes; which wouldn't amount to anything remotely entertaining.
Overall, "Lucy" is definitely a fun film to watch. Sure, it has it's share of plot holes, and illogical story points. Plus, it suffers from having weak supporting characters that aren't written well. However, apart from those things, "Lucy" is actually quite enjoyable. It's a great action science fiction thriller, and it offers a very deep commentary about how humanity has yet to reach our full potential in life. It's an interesting movie for what it is, and if you can buy into the concept of the story, then you'll definitely come to enjoy it.
© 2014 Steven Escareno
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