From "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" to "The Fifth Element," writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in "Lucy," an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the ...more
From "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" to "The Fifth Element," writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in "Lucy," an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. less
“Lucy has a fascinating premise and is visually delightful. But its gaping plot holes, lack of entertainment and bizarre progression make it a one time watch only if you're into unconventional films. ”
An attempted amalgamation of so many Sci-Fi thrillers, Luc Besson's uneven 'Lucy' starts off strongly only to end in manner such that you'd be left scratching your heads. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a student in Taipei, who's forced to turn into a drug mule for mob boss, Jang (Choi Min-Sik). Clearly unwilling, she gets into an altercation with one of his thugs, who hits her in the stomach, where the drugs have been stashed. The bag containing the drugs leaks and when mixed with her bloodstream gives her superpowers of sorts like those acquired by Bradley Cooper in Limitless. She's able to access previously unused portions of her brain leading to greater mental and physical abilities. However she soon realises she's dying and less than twenty four hours. So she sets off to find the other drug mules headed to Europe and teams up with a French police officer along with a professor whose knowledge and research of the brain might be able to save her. Jang is not far behind.
The movie's setup is excellent and you get the feeling that Luc Besson is back at the top of his game after a long time. The early scenes of Lucy discovering her powers and how to use them have a sense of wonder and humour that makes the proceedings enjoyable without making them laughable. However as more of her brain opens up the movie plunges into the ridiculous without any sense of real purpose. There is a larger bit of spreading knowledge and the consciousness of mankind being of utmost importance but when you see Lucy levitate a bunch of henchmen still trying to punch her, you know things have gone too far. Then there's the ending where Lucy travels across the length of the space-time continuum looking to gather and spread her knowledge as much as possible, while a gun battle rages outside, it just doesn't make any sort of sense.
Watch Lucy for Scarlett Johansson and much of the first half's humour and thrills, also be prepared to shake your head in disbelief as the movie slips into utter madness towards the end.