A Wild Mess | Review of ‘Lucy’


By: Cynthia Ayala

Assuming you can get past the myth that people only use 10% of their brain, it’s highly unlikely this film will captivate as it puts together two plot lines that absolutely do not mesh well together to weave an incredibly bad movie.

080114_0452_AWildMessR1.pngDirected by: Luc Besson

Screenplay by: Luc Besson

Starring: Scarlett JohanssonMorgan FreemanChoi Min-sikAmr WakedJulian Rhind-TuttPilou AsbækAnaleigh Tipton Nicolas Phongpheth

Genre: Action, Science-Fiction, Thriller

Lucy was just an ordinary girl studying abroad in Taiwan when her boyfriend traps her in a drug deal gone wrong. This spins out a series of events when the drug deal goes wrong causing her to become infected with the drug. But the tables are turned when the drug enhances her brain capabilities turning her into a merciless warrior, hunting her hunters and working to bring them down as she continues to develop into a living breathing super computer.

This film was such an incredible disappointment. With a cast that is comprised of Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freemon, one would expect a half decent movie at least. After all it does offer and interesting plot line that follows a girl who can access 100% of her brain building off the scientific myth that humans only use 10% of their brain. Now, anyone can move past the scientific inaccuracies if the story is at least well written, but instead of doing that, the film is pushed into this ridiculous and confusing mess that tries to blend in a drug cartel bent for revenge and science. Even on the surface those two don’t blend, so to try to put then in a movie together, was a disaster.

The story, the scientific aspect at least, is similar to Transcendence and has rudimentary roots connected to Stephen King’s novel turned film Lawnmower Man. You have this girl who is unfortunately took on this drug that has allowed her brain and intellect to expand. Interesting enough premise right? But the delivery of the film itself was a complete disasters because it was a mesh of two different stories that have nothing to do with one another. Basically a drug lord is incredibly angry with her and wants revenge in the end. That’s the story.

And let’s not forget Morgan Freeman’s role in the film which was practically non-existent. Let’s face it, they wanted him for his voice and narrative appeal. That’s it, nothing more. Then the cut-scenes? Seriously, what were those? They were such a non-essential part of the film to include, a part in the film that was used as imagery that was not needed at all. I don’t know what else to say about this film other than it was a complete mess of scenes and imagery that had a drug cartel in it for no reason other than include gun fights, car chases and explosions. Don’t waste your time or your money on this film, it’s not worth it. ☆☆☆☆ (F)

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