Lucy is one of the most bizarre films I have seen in a long time. I am not sure what the director’s intentions were with this film, if he was trying to make an action role to show the Scarlet Johansson could anchor a solo Black Widow movie, or if it is trying to be the next Matrix. I can’t tell if the movie is taking itself seriously, or if we are suppose to be in on the joke and that some of the god awful scenes are meant to be funny. Perhaps Lucy is a film I simply didn’t get…that or it is as awful as I think it was.
Lucy stars Scarlet Johansson who may not be the worlds greatest actress, but she is stunningly beautiful and she knows how to do sexy right. Her looks are a focus point for much of this film, as we get many close ups or her face, and she spends half her time running around in see through white shirt with a black bra underneath. Believe me I am not complaining about that at all, but for a film that (from what I believe is trying to be smart) maybe that wasn’t the best idea in the world. Then again 90 mins of sexy Johansson likely stopped me from grading this film a lot lower.
The concept of the movie is based on the myth that we only use 10 percent of our brains complicity, and asks the question what would happen if we unlocked 20, 40, 80 or 100 percent of hour brains power. According to this film we would be able to play sound waves from cell phones like a violin, make humans drop to the floor, or float in the air at will, and somehow know the details of a room many miles or countries away. OH and of course we could travel through time, without having to use the remote from Click.
The movie starts as Lucy is handcuffed to a brief case by her jerk boyfriend, and forced to deliver it to gangster Mr. Jang (Min-sik Choi). After forcing Lucy to open the case, to make sure it safe, we see that it contains a strange blue, powdered drug. Mr. Jang forces Lucy to become one of his drug mules and after getting a beating from one of Jang’s man, the drug starts to leak into Lucy’s body and she starts unlocking her brain.
The movie does contain one fantastic scene, where Lucy along side a french cop is driving around the city trying to reach a hospital. She uses her new found powers to navigate through the traffic, in a scene that could rival anything we have seen in the Fast and Furious series. Despite that one scene of great action, this movie really isn’t an action movie. As film critic James Berardinelli from Reelviews points out, Lucy isn’t really concerned with kicking bad guy ass, she is more concerned with getting her new found information to scientists (Morgan Freeman) who can do some good with it.
That is a great concept for a movie all and all but the silliness of Lucy prevents if from ever taking off. The movie is just filled with so many bad scenes. Take the scene were Lucy calls her mother after having the drug infused into her. She goes on about how she can feel time and gravity and all her mother is concerned with is how she can remember a strange cat from when she was 1. Or a scene in an airplane that turns Lucy into a sprinkled ice cream cone (you will have to see it to no what I mean) that is so far beyond silly it is laughable.
The film contains some excellent effects work, no more clear then when Lucy travels back in time to the dinosaur age (yes you read that correctly!) and we see a stunning shot. However it is all ruined by how outrageous the scene is in question! It looks great but we are to busy laughing to really admire it!
The editing is bizarre as well, as in the opening scene with Lucy and her boyfriend talking, the movie randomly cuts to shots of the first female ape, Cheetah’s running and attacking pray and other strange things. Think of Family Guy how one character says something and we go to a pointless scene about what was just said. I have zero clue why those scenes were in the movie.
I don’t know maybe I truly missed the point of this film. I mean surely there is no way this movie was meant to be taking seriously right. There is no way a director like Luc Besson, who I generally like movies from, could have added that silly airplane scene in this movie, without it being some kind of joke right? I really don’t know if this is a movie like Starship Troopers were we are suppose to be in on the joke, or if it is just a plain bad movie.
Lucy truly baffles me and I want to say you should go see it just to see if maybe you get it better then I did. Then again with the high cost of movies today perhaps you should just go see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a movie that is actually smart!