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2014 Summer Movie Review: Lucy

Scarlett Johansson can use all of her brain capacity in Luc Besson's "Lucy"

Scarlett Johansson can use all of her brain capacity in Luc Besson’s “Lucy”

If one of the prettiest actresses of all-time stars in a movie with an insane concept directed by the same creator of Léon: The Professional and The Fifth Element, what makes you wonder? It seems like Luc Besson put thought into the story of Lucy. It might sound similar to Limitless (which I haven’t seen but I assume that’s a much better movie). However, Luc Besson is capable of taking a silly yet intriguing idea seriously. The result is . . . quite something. It might hit several bumps in the road, but Lucy still hits full throttle until the end.

Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) gives a lecture about his research about the brain capacity. The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Someone asks what would happen if a person can use all of their brain, which Norman doesn’t have the complete answer to. Enter Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taiwan as a drug mule. Under the supervision of drug lord Mr. Jang (Choi Min-Sik), she makes a deal to sell bags of drugs that could increase a person’s brain function. Instead, she is held captive with one bag in her stomach. When one of the drug thugs kicks her in the stomach, the drugs leak into her system. This causes Lucy to gain physical and mental abilities – instantly absorbing information, telekinesis, etc.

Lucy sets out on a mission to arrest the men responsible for putting the drugs in her. Before she does so, she calls her mother in a Taipei hospital (in a cheesy yet powerful scene) about how she feels everything from her. Unaware of the drugs, her mother doesn’t believe what she’s talking about. We know, however, that Lucy has just gained the ability to feel everything she had touched in her life. Then, Lucy calls upon Norman saying she had instantly read all of his research, and that he’s on the right track. As her brain power increases, the more unstoppable she becomes.

Besson does a capable job discussing how a complex theory would change how we view the world. He starts the movie out like a nature documentary on the Discovery or National Geographic channels about the evolution of humans, narrated by the God of Hollywood, Morgan Freeman. The stunning cinematography and visuals remind us of all the other sci-fi films, but not entirely ripping them off. He makes it Scarlett Johansson’s time of her life as the blond bombshell who can control everything. With Lucy running for 90 minutes, it becomes fascinating until the credits start to roll.

3/4

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