Bill C’s Review – 2 out of 5
I knew from the previews that the plot of Lucy made little sense, but since the film was directed by Luc Besson, I hoped the action would make up for it. Unfortunately, it didn’t.
Scarlett Johansson stars as Lucy and does a fine job. She is happy-go-lucky until drug dealers use her as a drug smuggling mule by implanting a new drug in her stomach. Things go from bad to worse as the bag of drugs break, causing Lucy to utilize 100% of her brain power. (Luckily, Morgan Freeman is giving a lecture so we know humans only use 10%). This turns her into a vengeful superhuman fighting machine. Up to this point, the film had lived up to my expectations of having a dumb plot, but the action did not redeem the movie either. In some ways, this film reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey as there were flashbacks to prehistoric monkeys and other animals, but that didn’t make much sense to me either.
The action was never boring, but it didn’t seem that original and when necessary, Besson seemed to just give Lucy a new super power that didn’t have too much to do with brain power. Lots of guys coming at you with guns? Give her the power to disarm all of them at once from a distance. No problem!
Besson has written/directed some great action movies, including District B13 (very highly recommended), Taken, La Femme Nikita, and The Transporter. I’d recommend one of those instead of his latest film.