Thursday, 31 July 2014

Lucy

WRITTEN BY: Luc Besson
DIRECTED BY: Luc Besson
STARRING: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi
RATING: 3 stars

This film has been hyped up a lot and critics everywhere seem to be loving it, but all I can say is it is ok. The concept is fascinating in the way it explores the meaning of life and how human brains operate. However, the film feels too slow-paced and has a bizarre ending that is perhaps rather typical of writer/director Luc Besson, but ultimately left me feeling disappointed.

Lucy poses the question: What if human brains, which only use up about 10 per cent of their capacity, operated at 100 per cent? It is an intriguing and perhaps terrifying notion. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is an innocent victim caught up in drug trafficking. A super drug is placed inside her body but when the package starts to leak, Lucy begins to feel the effects of the drug. Her brain capacity starts to increase and she becomes a super powerful individual seeking revenge.

As I was watching the film, I thought Lucy was the kind of role Angelina Jolie would have taken on a few years ago, and apparently she was originally offered the role. Johansson is still a believable strong woman, as we have seen in the Marvel films, and she gives a solid performance as the protagonist. The debate about whether women can carry blockbuster films continues, but I think we have seen several in recent times including Jolie in Maleficent, Sandra Bullock in Gravity and now Johansson in Lucy, which proves female-led films are just as entertaining as male-dominated films. Morgan Freeman also appears in the film as a professor studying the human brain who joins forces with Lucy, and he is as reliable as ever.

Lucy is sure to provoke worthwhile conversations. I just wish the film had a stronger ending. 



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