If you didn’t understand this movie, then you’re not alone. I stand very much with you!
|Scarlett Johansson as Lucy|
|Morgan Freeman as Prof. Samuel Norman|
|Choi Min-sik as Mr Jang|
|Amr Waked as Det. Del Rio|
|and Analeigh Tipton as Caroline|
The French have definitely surrendered their sanity. Following the visually intriguing, yet intellectually moronic Snowpiercer, based on a French comic, comes Lucy, a French movie featuring an American cast about a young woman named Lucy (how original is the title!), who is injected with a new hallucinogenic drug and begins the process of opening up her mental capacity from the normal ten per cent, out to the maximum 100 per cent. Let’s face it, the French can’t do anything well without America. Even with the help of big name American stars, this movie disappoints greatly.
It’s not that the idea itself is mad, certainly, there have been other books and movies about this old ten per cent of the brain chestnut, which is very much false. But this movie’s ending is so nonsensical, that you’ll wonder just when the French surrendered their ability for storytelling without resorting to outright lunacy. Lucy begins innocently enough, when Lucy, played by the ever beautiful Scarlett Johansson is forced to deliver a package of drugs to Mr Jang, a psychopathic drug lord.
Following some light torture and pointless killing of people, she’s then sent to spread this new blue drug called CPH4 around, by having it surgically inserted inside her abdomen. Unfortunately, she gets on the wrong side of some other, less discriminating thugs and kicked in the guts, where the drug is held. Unsurprisingly, the bag bursts inside Lucy, flooding her body with copious amounts of CPH4. Lucy’s transformation from scared, innocent girl to omnipotent deity begins.
There’s a lot to criticise about Lucy, but there’s also quite a lot to like. The bad points are the drug fuelled, incomprehensible story and stupid dialogue that inhabits most of the film. Making Lucy completely impervious to mere mortals with guns takes much of the drama and urgency out of the action, but on the flip side, it allows the audience to concentrate on capturing the meaning of the movie. Unfortunately, it appears that only leads the audience on a wild goose chase.
The best part of the movie, the computer graphics, are top notch. Mainly used to describe the ascension of the ordinary human into something much more, they are both alluring and dramatic. Though the last half hour of the movie feels stupid and rushed, the first hour of the movie is excellent, showcasing Johansson’s great acting abilities.
The problem with Lucy isn’t that it’s a bad film. It’s just that it feels incomplete. In much the same way that the Apple logo is incomplete. There’s a chunk of it missing, and you know what it is, some sort of useful observation or closure to the whole story, but it’s not there. Sadly, this sells the movie short, because it has interesting ideas, asks interesting questions, but never develops them fully. Maybe the writers decided to go to the Riviera and smoke something before finishing the story. Either way, this could have been a great movie. Instead, it’s forgettable.
Check out the trailer
Starts off well, before petering out into drug fuelled insanity. A shame.
Should I watch this?
Knowing what I do now, I’d give this a miss in theatres. Instead, I’d rent it at home and watch it while non-sober. Maybe it will make more sense then.