Friday, July 25, 2014
Movie Review: Lucy
Lucy is probably one of the stranger movies I've seen recently. I suppose I would classify it as sci-fi, but it's got some Matrix-y elements thrown in too, including some awesome action scenes. Overall, I enjoyed the film, but it's not one that will appeal to everyone.
Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) lives in Taiwan and just started dating Richard (Pilou Asbæk), who asks her to do a favor for him: deliver a mysterious briefcase to a businessman in a hotel. Lucy is dumb, but not that dumb, and she refuses; Richard handcuffs the briefcase to her so that she has no choice but to do it. What happens from there is a string of unfortunate events, which leads to a drug being leaked inside Lucy's body, and something amazing starts to happen: normal humans can use up to 10% of their brains, but Lucy can now use 20% ... and the percentage is continuing to increase.
There was definitely some good acting in this movie from ScarJo and also Morgan Freeman, who plays Professor Norman, an educator who has done much research on the brain. Lucy's director, Luc Besson, is known for movies like The Transporter (writer), The Fifth Element, and The Family, so Lucy is not really a departure from those types of films; however, this is probably the craziest of those, which is saying something.
Yes, see this movie, though it's more of a matinee for me and not a full-price ticket. I will say the plot is definitely original, which is hard to come by these days, but there are a lot of holes in it as well. When it comes down to it, it's another piece of summertime fluff, though admittedly fluff that might make you think about it a little more than average.
Lucy is in theaters today, July 25th, and is rated R with a runtime of 90 minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5.