Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt
Directed by: Luc Besson
Written by: Luc Besson
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
What if we were able to use more of our brain’s capacity? That’s the central theme and question being explored in the film Lucy, and it’s certainly not a unique one. As unoriginal as that concept is it has always been an intriguing one, and I really enjoyed where this movie took that premise.
Quite often these stories get bogged down and turned into an annoying morality tale. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and all that nonsense. As the central character discovers new abilities, they become arrogant, and start to view the rest of humanity like insects to be stomped on or controlled e.g. Transcendence (2014)
The character Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) on the other hand, explores these possibilities with an enthusiastic almost child like sense of curiosity and optimism, and only uses her new abilities on those that mean to hurt her. She only wants to explore these gifts, take them as far as they can go and then share that information with the world.
Scientifically speaking, most of the brain-babble in Lucy is rubbish, but it feels real enough. The movie also doesn’t spend a great deal of time developing its characters, and instead opts to fully explore and have fun with the movies central concept. At 90 minutes, the film moves along at a brisk entertaining pace, and it’s fun to watch each stage of Lucy’s development, which is captioned with the current percentage level her brain is operating at.
There isn’t a lot of logic to the plot/science in this movie, so if you’re looking for something more intellectual this isn’t the film for you. If you’re a fan of Scarlett Johansson this is a must see as her performance really anchors the film well. This movie earns its R rating through the depiction of drug use and violence, but to be honest I thought the R rating seemed a touch harsh.
This has a lot of great crowd pleasing moments so a busy full price screening is recommended. At home a HD viewing on your TV is the best way to enjoy this film. Viewing this on anything smaller will reduce the films impact.
I loved each moment in the movie that had some idiot point a gun at Lucy. The varied ways she deals with these problems is really entertaining.