LUCY is an action-thriller of monumental proportions. In fact the themes explored in the movie are so big — too big — it’s hard to wrap your mind around.
It starts by questioning what we — humanity that is — have accomplished since life began. The questioning comes as voice over from Lucy, while visually we see another Lucy — Australopithecus in her natural habitat…. and then the advancement of time to busy cityscapes. Wow. I think to myself — we’ve accomplished a lot. Apparently not Lucy doesn’t think so.
Scarlett Johansson is Lucy — an American woman in Taipei, apparently as a student (at one point she says she has exams tomorrow). Her new boyfriend wants her to help him out by delivering a case to a “Mr. Jang” in a hotel. Of course she refuses. He forces her to do it, and soon everything goes bad, and Lucy is taken away by thugs to meet with the said Mr. Jang.
After beatings and killings and washing of hands in the middle of the hotel room, Lucy becomes a drug mule — she’s knocked out and has a bag of a very new, very powerful drug surgically inserted into her stomach. She has to carry this where they want her to or else.
Bad things happen; the bag begins to leak inside her body and her brain is accessing more and more of her cerebral space allowing her to do some pretty amazing things. She can read entire volumes in seconds; she can control technology, people, her hair color and so much more.
With Mr Jang’s gang hot on her heels — Lucy recruits a policeman in Paris (Amr Waked) to help her get to an American professor there (Morgan Freeman). I’m still not sure entirely why.
There are car chases; there are explosions; there are fights that are useless, because as Lucy accesses more and more of her “cerebral capacity” she’s unstoppable. That gives away the end of the movie… kind of? NO! not unless you were expecting worm holes, meteor showers, and melting humans becoming computers??? What?
Writer/director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element) has launched some pretty bad movies into theaters — this is one weird movie. Odd nature scenes intercut at random times. The plot is weak; the characters are weaker.
Scarlett Johansson does an adequate job trying to hold together the character that doesn’t seem to really come together as a character. And sadly — this is not Morgan Freeman’s best work… largely because of the weak professor character.
When it was over I felt like I’d been in the theater for two hours, and when I checked the clock… It had been just 89 minutes!
If you watch the trailers — it looks like we are in for an amazing action flick with a dominant female hero. What we get seems more like a Indy-wannabe film made by a dude that loves to create special effects and not characters to drive the film.
TWO OUT OF FIVE COOKIES. The two are for the special effects… I am a story person — and this story gets ZERO cookies from me.
Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality.