Film Review: Lucy

Scarlett Johansson grounded Besson’s flight of fancy with a versatile performance, proving that she can front a layered action movie.

Synopsis: Lucy, a young woman studying and partying in Taiwan, ended up dating the wrong guy. One thing lead to another, and Lucy became a drug mule after her idiot date became a corpse. Thugs kick drug mule Lucy in the stomach after she refused to let them rape her. The perforated bag of powder leaked, giving the audience a super hero origin story, as the drug gave Lucy access to untapped areas of her brain.

Review: Writer/Director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Fifth Element) combined action with cerebral speculative science fiction. While I could discuss narrative and visual effects separately in another film review, that’s impossible here, because the narrative and visual effects were inextricably linked. Besson externalized Lucy’s mental and physical metamorphoses with startling and nearly psychedelic C.G.I. at his disposal from Nicholas Brooks. Whether Lucy was exploring tree roots or time travel, the visual palette became character development and vice versa.

Scarlett Johansson grounded Besson’s flight of fancy with a versatile performance, proving that she can front a layered action movie. She traveled the road from terror to wonder to savant aloofness with and without firearms and should give Marvel pause. Grounding the film further and masking plot holes with his gravitas, Morgan Freeman was absolutely indispensable as Lucy’s Obi-Wan, Professor Samuel Norman.

If you like Luc Besson’s previous work, you’ll enjoy Lucy. If you’ve never seen any of his films, this movie is a high-octane introduction.

Cast:

SCARLETT JOHANSSON as Lucy

MORGAN FREEMAN as Professor Norman

CHOI MIN-SIK as Mr. Jang

AMR WAKED as Pierre Del Rio

JULIAN RHIND-TUTT as The Limey

PILOU ASBÆK as Richard

8.8
Lucy
  • Performance, visual effects, and stunts
  • plot holes
  • Story
    8
  • Acting
    9
  • Visual Effects
    9
  • Stunts
    9

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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