Cert: 15 Runtime: 89 mins Director: Luc Besson Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi and Amr Waked
Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge
For me it was a no brainer (get it?) Scarlett Johansson and Luc Besson in one movie, looked like a decent pop corn movie. This is Johansson’s fifth movie of 2014 and potentially could be the most meh one of all. So what is Lucy all about? In Taiwan, terrified young American Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is abducted by a gang of brutal drug traffickers. Telling her that she is to become their mule, they sew packets of narcotics into her stomach. But when these leak into her bloodstream, Lucy undergoes an astonishing transformation. As her brain becomes supercharged, she quickly acquires incredible strength, vast intellectual capacity and amazing telekinetic powers. These allow her to turn the tables on her captors. The rapidly evolving Lucy then reaches out to academic Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), who theorises that we use only 10% of our mental capacity. But what will happen to her when she reaches 100%?
Right from the get-go, you’ll have to get used to the fact that the premise is incredibly unbelievable; the plot will get even more outlandish as it progresses, and don’t worry: the movie will warn you with a continually increasing percentage every time events are about to become even more preposterously implausible. Once you get past the utter lack of realism and plethora of plot holes, what you experience is pretty badass. It’s heavily stylized with its sci-fi components.Complemented by beautiful cinematography (lavished with appealing colours and futuristic characteristics), this film is a blast—a lightning pace and intriguing set-up. Everything, aside from the ending, offers an abundance of thrilling amusement, and part of it obviously is due to Johansson’s fierce presence. Even though Marvel Studios’ rendition of Black Widow is softer and more forgiving, Lucy can be ruthless and calculating just like the original Marvel comics portrayed the Russian spy, Black Widow, as. However, eventually, the narrative takes a turn for the insane as convolution and far-fetched absurdity floods the plot and the sheer power Lucy truly holds furthers into the realm of sheer impossibility. The focus on high-octane, compulsive action is therefore abandoned and substituted with a confusing climax that only makes you wonder about what the hell this film which started out with a gripping basis has transformed into.
So yes, the tale’s unraveling heightens in ludicrousness, but at least, it’s entertaining and cool. On the other hand, when it comes to the film’s attempt to assess the themes and depth to which the idea of an increase in cerebral capacity goes, the arguable failure of this project certainly arises. First of all, this story is centred around a myth (humans only use 10% of their brains) that’s already been debunked by guffawing scientists, creating irritation in the viewer as they continue to roll their eyes at the film-makers’ ignorance and clear unwillingness to properly research the subject. Secondly, as I’ve pointed out, this increase in intelligence—the ability to use more of your mind—does not mean that you’ll suddenly turn into some terribly powerful superhero. If Besson didn’t concentrate on producing a Limitless rip-off and simply decided to produce an absorbing sci-fi action film instead, Lucy wouldn’t have been as annoying of a film, but if we’re incorporating serious topics that beg the audience to recognize intellect in the project, don’t expect to hold that compelled audience when you begin betraying realism and truth (of the topic). At the end of the day, Lucy is mostly fun, but it’s ironically stupid fun as much as it tries to be smart fun.