Rating : 6.4 out of 10
Length: 89 minutes
Release Date: July 25, 2014
Directed by: Luc Besson
OVERVIEW – Lucy
As the movie culture of America has intensified the need for the ridiculous super hero films of Marvel and others, sci-fi movies are sometimes getting a little too close for comfort. That is the case with the new Luc Besson directed picture “Lucy”. I mean, is she a super hero? Is she a god now, or what? That’s probably what a lot of super hero fans are asking right now, but I don’t really think that is what the film is about. It’s just a cool science fiction story and nothing else.
At the very beginning of the film, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) finds herself forced to deliver a case to a group of drug dealers in Taiwan led by Mr. Jang (Min-sik Choi). They decide she is a perfect subject to implant their new drug, CPH4, into her stomach and use her as a drug mule. Unfortunately for them, Lucy is beaten by her captives and the package breaks loose and releases the CPH4 into her body. The new drug changes the way her brain works and opens up doors of perception that have never been opened before in humans.
As she gains more and more control, or percent, of her brain she can do things and see things that no other human can. She enlists the help of Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), who has been theorizing the possibilities of mankind if our brains were to develop like this. Along with policeman Pierre Del Rio (Amr Waked), Lucy must get all the CPH4 for herself and eventually try to reach 100% of her brains capacity.
Was this a good film? Yes. Was it great? No. The computer animation in the film was so intense that it took away a lot of imagination for the audience. I know that we can expect a lot of CGI in a film like this, but it was just too much. Scarlett looked fantastic, but believing that her character has all the knowledge of the universe inside her head seems a little far-fetched. I did enjoy watching her kick butt with the tilt of her head though!
Even though the story is completely insane, it is worth a watch for science fiction fans. I really do appreciate the creativity that went into the story, but I wish they would have chilled out on the special effects.
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