Lucy Review

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By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)



There is so much about this world, and the universe, that we still don’t know. Do aliens really exist and will we ever make contact (within our foreseeable lifetimes)? Where is the final resting place of Cleopatra? How can we kill cancer? Is there a reusable form of energy going forward? What percentage of our brain or mental capacity do we actually use and how can we harness the rest? So many questions and so few answers. But, with you, what if you could harness ever expanding portions of your brain, what would you be capable of? Such is the underlying premise in the latest film by Luc Besson, Lucy.

Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a woman living abroad, who, ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. After reluctantly doing a sketchy chore for her boyfriend, Lucy is kidnapped by a drug kingpin. Soon, she and a group of other victims, find they’ve surgically had drugs placed into their abdominal cavities and are tasked with flying the drugs to specific locations around the world, where they will be surgically removed and delivered. However, after some rough treatment for Lucy, her bag breaks open, allowing the drugs to get into her bloodstream. Now she’s quickly developing the ability to use more and more of her brain capacity, and with that, the power to change what we have come to know as reality. She seeks the help of Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), a renowned authority on the brain. But what happens once she reaches the peak, the 100% mark, of brain utilization? And will she be able to figure everything out before the drug kingpin seeks revenge for the destruction Lucy causes along the way to his empire?

Lucy brings new and interesting ideas to light. We’ve seen films where people have gained the ability to utilize a higher capacity of brain function, most recently with Bradley Cooper in Limitless, but Lucy provides a different take on it. If one had infinite knowledge, the ability to change reality, what would they use it for? Plato demonstrated in the Ring of Gyges that even the most moral man, without any fear of being caught or punished, would create immoral acts. Given such power, most would take advantage of the situation to improve their wellbeing. But Lucy looks at it differently. Initially it is about determining what is happening to her being and how to stop it. But, as it goes forward, it becomes more about finding a way to make the world a better place, and to do that, one must go back to where it all started. With the ever increasing knowledge of the world, Lucy gains the insight to view humanity, the world, the universe and existence in a new light in which humans were never meant to experience. Something things are quite fascinating, others are quite shocking.

The success of the story really lies squarely on the shoulders of Scarlett Johansson. Morgan Freeman is the other known name, but his screen time pales in comparison. The title of the film is Lucy and it really is about an ordinary human going through these rapid changes to her entire being, and how one human copes with so much at one time. Johansson brings layers of depth to the role, from the initial timid, unbeknownst woman to transforming into the proverbial “sponge”, absorbing anything and everything. But through that she is still a woman, a sister, a daughter, and a human, and we are still able to witness the humanity in her as she experiences the wonders of existence.

There are some aspects of the story that don’t necessarily work, one reminiscent of things you see in paranormal possession films and another on an airplane that just doesn’t seem to fit in, but these are just moments of something much bigger, so we can forgive them. Luc Besson provides an overall experience with enough action and creativity as well as an interesting story, to keep you entertained and thinking throughout the course of the film. Lucy is something new for your senses and may leave you questioning aspects of your own existence after walking out of the theater.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


    One Comment

  1. mocanu andraJuly 23rd, 2014 at 6:31 am

    It sounds like an interresting movie. It’s kind of scary to have absolute knowledge and the power to change the entire future and life itself. This frigtening way of showing a story makes the movie even more exciting. I have “Limitless” on DVD and i’ve watched it many times,so I’m curious to see how is this flim different.

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