Lucy is yet another entry in my most anticipated movies of 2014. Thus far I’ve been batting a thousand and have thoroughly enjoyed three out of the three films I’ve watched so far. Can my streak continue with Lucy? Sadly, no.
10%. Lucy stars Scarlett Johannsan as Lucy. Through no fault of her own, other than liking the wrong guy, Lucy is caught up in a Tawaiinese drug smuggling ring run by Mr. Jang (Min-sik Choi). This segment, though short, is easily the most thrilling aspect of the movie as we see Lucy struggle to process this deadly situation she has found herself in. After an altercation Lucy wakes up and slowly realizes drugs have now been surgically embedded in her body. 20%. Eventually one of the thugs, upset with Lucy for rejecting his advances, beats and kicks Lucy puncturing the bag with the drugs inside of her and now our movie begins. We see the bag open and Lucy begins to convulse and even float into the air as this powerful drug invades her system.
30%. We are soon introduced Professor Morgan Freeman, excuse me, Professor Norman it’s easy to mistake because he basically plays himself. Professor Norman helps push the premise that the average human only uses ten percent of our brain and unlocking more would give us superhuman, almost God like powers. You know, like dolphins who use twenty percent of their brain and thus have sonar… 40%. As Lucy’s brain opens more and more so do her abilities, she can change her appearance, control electronics and even control other people. 50%. Unfortunately, as her brain opens up the necessity of emotion, seen as an obstacle to evolution becomes unimportant so the girl we empathized with is gone and we’re left with Will Smith from After earth. 60%. Enter Cpt. Pierre Del Rio (Amr Waked) the French Police Cpt. who doesn’t seem to mind following around this girl who has killed several people and is on a hunt for a totally uncontrolled illegal drug. 70%.
If you’re noticing that my explanation of the movie gets more and more absurd as the percentages go up, you’re getting a basic understanding of how this film works. Lucy goes from very cool sci-fi thriller to a pseudo science evolutionary biology movie with very little tension at breakneck speed.
Lucy would have been a much cooler movie if it was scaled down to a sci-fi revenge flick with elements of Limitless, Oldboy and the Matrix. But, Lucy had a statement to make, sadly for director Luc Besson it makes no sense and devolves quickly. I was unfortunately disappointed with this movie.
What did you think of Lucy? Am I being to hard on it? What did you like about it? Comment below and let me know!