Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a young American girl living in Taipei, Taiwan. Through a series of circumstances she is forced to work as a drug mule for the Chinese mob. The drug is forcibly placed inside of her and she is shipped off home. When something goes wrong and the packet of drugs begins to leak into her system she begins to experience things no other human has. The drug, known as CPH4, increases Lucy’s brain capacity transforming her into a kind of superhuman who has the world literally at her fingertips. Starring Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbaek, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Luca Angeletti.
Lucy, a sci-fi action thriller written and direct by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element), doesn’t use even 10% of its own capacity toward being a great film. That isn’t a joke. Okay maybe a small one but really what could have been an intelligent film ends up coming across extremely haphazard and overwrought with plot holes and inconsistencies. I was extremely disappointed. As I sat in the crowded theater and the movie came to its end there were more than a few a voices around me echoing my disappointment.
The premise of Lucy and the scientific theory behind it is interesting and will certainly appeal to a specific crowd. Sadly the presentation of the information is so lacking that for anyone not interested at all in science the ideas will be completely lost. Honestly I think the film would have been better off if it had been a fancy documentary with narration by the incomparable Morgan Freeman – who I swear was cast solely for his voice and previous involvement in science and nature based films.
All the awkward action and scientific theory aside you can’t fault Johansson for one second. I am always amazed at how she manages to look and act great in even the worst of films. Her performance as Lucy is convincing and solid. Then again I wouldn’t expect anything less from her at this point in her career. As for her co-stars they are all obsolete. You know little about them and care even less thanks to the plot development of the film. Never a promising thing when it comes to being an entertaining film.
My rating and review for Lucy is rather generous. My scientific curiosity is probably the only thing that saved this film from ranking a 3 or 4 and being completely forgotten a millisecond after leaving the theater. That said don’t bother seeing the film. You will find no entertainment at all and it would be a waste of your money either in the theater or at the rental box. Just forget this one ever came out…unless of course you are a science nerd then go ahead and see it and have fun tearing it to shreds over the scientific inaccuracies etc.
5/10 Stars – Should have just been a documentary with Morgan Freeman narrating
I honestly can say that after seeing this movie, I don’t know what I watched… The premise is simple enough to explain, but why do we care? Some woman gets exposed to drugs and she can unlock the far reaches of her mind and I’m suppose to care why? The whole “Morgan Freeman giving a speech” aspect was out of place except just to foreshadow, but who really cares!?!?! This movie is pointless and thin. It is only 88 minutes long and many scenes are filler which shows the lack of depth. The content is low, the characters are plain and the story is beyond jacked up. The only thing good about this movie is the tension and thrills it creates at the beginning, but that doesn’t last long. This role for Scarlett Johansson is questionable and the movie is not worth watching at all. It was like Transcendence, but shorter… and more death. Not to mention the ending was total crap!
3/10 Stars – Pointless, chaotic, and thin, this movie may be short, but still a waste of your time! Avoid!