Lucy, my review.

Posted: January 19, 2015 in Gossip/News/Reviews - Film
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Hi folks, Hope you are well. Here is my review of “Lucy” which we  saw recently on BT Vision (Released at cinema on 22nd August 2014).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

Lucy, the new film from Luc Besson, is about a young woman whose brain becomes powerful enough to see the world as it really is. The plot has been inspired by the old myth that human beings use only 10 per cent of their potential brainpower – which, like all myths, speaks to deeper fears about the universe and our dispensable role within it.

Lucy, played by Scarlett Johansson, is a student in Taipei. At the start of film she is lingering on the steps of a hotel smeared in make-up and dressed in a leopard-print jacket with her “boyfriend”. She is soon shanghaied by her “boyfriend” into a narcotics-smuggling operation.  And a pouch of blue crystals is stitched, kangaroo-like, into her belly and she forced to smuggle the drugs out of the country.

But during a beating, from one of criminal gang members, the bag bursts and an enormous dose of the experimental drug is absorbed into her bloodstream. And her brain goes into overdrive as it is being “re-wired”. The Side-effects include: mind-reading, the ability to manipulate matter at a distance, increased strength and knowledge.

Handily, while Lucy’s latent powers begin to manifest, an eminent neuroscientist, played by Morgan Freeman, is simultaneously delivering a lecture on the mind’s most far-flung abilities in a Paris Lycée. This stuff, he says, is what happens when the brain reaches 20 or 30 per cent of its operational capacity. “What happens at a 100 per cent?” a student asks. “Well, we’re reaching into the realms of science-fiction,” hums the professor. “But we just don’t know.”

Well what follows is an hour of needless violence with Lucy trying to find more of the “experimental drug” and the drug gang trying to stop her. Handily, along the way she teams up with the neuroscientist mentioned above and a narcotics cop.

To be honest I was bit disappointed with this film. The action sequences and special effects are good. And Scarlett Johansson is brilliant and hot as usual. But I just expected more from the film. When I first saw previews for this I was really looking forward to it. But the previews were kind of misleading. Because, yes Lucy is a badass, but this movie is so absurd that I couldn’t take a single second of it serious. Well, it’s pretty bonkers. “Limitless” was a similar film to this (with less fighting) and that was much better as it was believable, and very well made. For Lucy, you really have to suspend belief for this film. There’s a plethora of violence and action scenes for the sake of… their being action scenes? If Lucy had that much power she could have dispensed with the “baddies” quiet easily but she didn’t. Instead the “baddies” have a blood bath. And the ending is a real let down.

Would I recommend it, well yes some might think it is worth a watch, but not me…. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it.


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