Possible spoilers ahead!
Luc Besson’s “Lucy” is about an American woman who gets kidnapped into service as a drug mule. After getting roughed up by one of the thugs, she accidentally absorbs some of the drugs, and suddenly Lucy is using more than 20 percent of her brain, which gives her the ability to escape her captors and expertly handle a gun.
Next, Lucy heads to a hospital and have a surgeon remove the bag of drugs from her belly, something she’s able to endure without anesthesia. Lucy is getting smarter and stronger as her brain power rises, but what happens when se uses 100 percent of her brainpower?
A lot actually. To say “Lucy” has everything, would be an understatement: At one point, there’s even a dinosaur. Yep, a freaking dinosaur. It really is amazing how much stuff director Luc Besson was able to cram into the 90 minute film. But this is also the film’s biggest problem: There’s so much going on in such a short time, that the audience is often left scratching their heads.
To be fair, there’s a lot of good in “Lucy.” Scarlett Johansson is great as the goofy Lucy, and even better as the killing machine she becomes. Her best scene comes when she calls her mom on the phone, and she tries to explain what she’s feeling and experiencing at that moment. There a lot more to talk about, but I can’t do it without spoiling much of the remaining plot.
Morgan Freeman does his Morgan Freeman stuff and his theoretical studies of the human brain’s untapped potential make him an information source for the audience as well as Lucy. His speech at a Paris school moves the story along rather fast, so pay attention when Morgan speaks.
The visuals are stunning, for instance: “Lucy” starts with shots of the prehistoric ape-woman Lucy and periodically returns to her throughout the film. I guess the filmmakers were trying not-too-subtly remind us how far we’ve come, and where Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy is headed. The action sequences are great as well, and they have Luc Besson’s signature all over them.
The film starts off great, hangs in there for a while, but eventually, “Lucy” devolves into something that doesn’t make much sense. As the film ended I heard a lot of grunts in the theatre. And as we walked out, many moviegoers were asking what happened in the end.
Bottom line, “Lucy” is not what you’d expect, but it is fun and action heavy. This is a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously, but at the same time it’s not a movie everyone will enjoy. My problem with the film is that everything moves so fast, you don’t get to enjoy everything that’s on the screen.
In the end, I liked “Lucy,” but I didn’t love it. I wanted more of everything, but 90 minutes is all I got.
“Lucy” Final Score: 7