Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbaek, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth
Accidentally caught in a dark deal, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) turns the tables on her captors as she undergoes unimaginable changes that unlock her mind's full potential.
The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. I wonder how much was Luc Besson using when he made this film since he had all the elements to make a great film yet "Lucy" ended up being a horrible film.
The story, even though it's not original - seriously people, stop saying that, it's basically a rip-off of "Limitless" -, could have been interesting if properly developed. And of course that didn't happen. What happened is a weak and utterly ridiculous plot that sees Scarlett Johansson taking a drug that enhances her brain functions, just like Bradley Cooper did, but instead of using it to make money, she uses it to make things float, to stop time and to get people killed for no reason, all in the process to put the entire knowledge of humanity into a USB drive. I won't even try to point out how stupid that is. Okay, I just did.
The other little problem with "Lucy" is the impossibility to identify its genre. Usually sci-fi films blend science and fiction, that's why they are called so. But this is not the case. This film just blends fiction with other fiction starting from its tagline since the whole 10% thing has been proven wrong a while ago.
Maybe it's just an action film. After all the film has plenty of action. There's so much action, it feels like watching the same scene over and over again. Oh, wait, that's because the action sequences all look the same. And they also lack excitement, and sometimes it's even hard to understand what is going on. Honestly, I would have never expected something like this from Luc Besson.
It also seems pointless to me to spend a lot of time talking about the performances. Rather I'd like to talk about the reason why Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman agreed to work on this. I have a theory about it, it's not scientific, just fiction. So here's the theory, they were high. There is no other explanation. And by the way, Johansson's performance is hilariously bad, and Freeman just doesn't have anything to work with.