Lucy (2014) – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… Lucy
The director was using only 10% of his brain capacity while filming and writing this movie.
Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is not having a great day. Her tool of a boyfriend forces her to deliver a suitcase filled with drugs to a Korean mobster, she gets kidnapped by said mobster, and then he literally cuts her open to place bag of drugs in her stomach. And the only way for her to make it out of this alive is to act as a human drug mule.
Should I Watch It?
Lucy has been written and directed by French director Luc Besson, the same man that wrote and directed my favourite movie of all time; Léon. His track record is far from flawless, but I cannot help but get interested whenever his name appears. Add Scarlet Johansson in the mix, and it becomes a must-see.
Lucy is very similar to Akira and Chronicle. They are all about a protagonist that undergoes a physical change that leads to the development of massive telekinetic powers, up to a point that it becomes uncontrollable. And I like this concept, but it needs to be executed very well to work.
And there lies the biggest problem. There are tons of reasons Besson could have come up with that explain what is happening to Lucy, and he took the laziest off all: the long-debunked theory that people use only a small percentage of their brain capacity. And to make matters even worse, he makes Morgan Freeman explain this to the audience. But the ten percent of our brain myth is so dated, unscientific, and preposterous, that even Freeman cannot pull it off to make it sound credible.
This has nothing to do with his performance, mind you. Freeman delivers his usual high level of acting. And Johansson gives it her all as well. She starts off as a helpless victim, but does not need rescuing for long. Her visual acting is remarkable.
I was not fond of the cinematography either. At times the movie stopped to show stock footage representing a metaphor of what was going on during the movie. But they were incredibly weak, obvious, and pretentious; a first-year film student could have done a better job. To top this all off, the CGI was pretty bad as well.
Lucy takes an interesting concept but delivers it inadequately. Besson once said that it took him 10 years to write this movie, while it took him only 30 days to write Léon. Sometimes it is just not a good idea to overthink.
Don’t, watch it.
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