Movie Review: Lucy

Details from IMDB:

Lucy

Lucy (I) (2014)

90 min  -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  25 July 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 6.6/10 from 13,413 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 159 user | 12 critic | 40 from Metacritic.com

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director:

Luc Besson

Writer:

Luc Besson

Stars:

Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

As much as I love a movie with Scar Jo in it I’ll admit this time I was trying to see Guardians (and it was sold out of course) so we ended up seeing this. Still with Morgan Freeman and an interesting preview I was looking forward to seeing it none the less.

Main Points:

The movie presents lots of interesting ideas about human nature, society, greed, science and of course the potential of the human brain. Scar Jo plays Lucy (who coincidentally is the name of the first female, I’ve seen her bones in NYC, I’m kidding I know it’s not by accident in the movie.) and she is unwittingly brought into a drug smuggling operation and then given amazing abilities because of a drug that gets into her system.

Scar Jo does her best with the movie and her progression (though very fast) is enjoyable to watch. As her brain comes closer to using 100% of it’s power she loses all human emotion and eventually becomes a being of pure intellect, logic and energy. There are some amazing special effects and the film does make you think about what we have accomplished as humans and what we are capable of (if we don’t destroy ourselves first). The point is clearly made about what we have done to the environment and how we have wiped out not just people’s homelands, culture  and even entire races but how animals that should be plentiful are no nearing extinction (or are extinct entirely). The film has a clever way of using clips from nature, animals and history to show what is going on and what will happen in a scene.

I think the issues with the movie come with the speed at which everything happens and very poor decision by a bad guy at the end. Normally I like movies that move along quickly but everyone involved accepts so quickly that Lucy is truly the next step in human evolution and everything she has must be done. I think the movie could have used a little more time to explain things and make people’s actions a little more believable.

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed the action, special effects and messages of the movie but I found the story got rushed and sometimes convoluted. Oh I should say

SPOILER ALERT!

So at the end the drug kingpin that she robbed this super drug from (and stabbed him in both hands pinning him to a chair) finally gets his chance to kill her. Instead of taking a shot (he’d been shooting plenty in the hallway just previously mind you) he instead decides to walk right up to her to shoot her point blank, really? Did they have to do such an overdone conclusion? I know it was to build tension as Lucy was literally uploading to the next level (you can literally see her whole body going dark as it rises from her feet) but it just made no sense. Anyone who hated a woman that much and had no trouble killing would have unloaded as soon as he got in the room, he would maybe have saved the last bullet to make certain but this way just seemed silly. Anyway despite all this I enjoyed the movie, I give it 6.5 out of 10. If you love Scar Jo (or Morgan Freeman who’s good here too) it’s worth a look, just maybe after you see Guardian (I should get to it hopefully this weekend). So I recommend it, just with reservations noted and of course not for children. Have a great weekend all!

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