Saturday, January 3, 2015

Lucy (2014)


If 'Lucy' were based on a comic book, I highly doubt people would be criticising it as harshly as they are. The film is not bad based on its technical merits. The lighting, effects, and acting are all fine and actually Johansson is fabulous in the first part of the film. I think bad reviews come mostly from people who want to show other how good their science is. Fair enough, this film starts from the premise that humans only use 10% of their brains and Lucy can break this barrier and reach a whole new level in human evolution. This leitmotiv was quite smartly picked to raise interest, although scientifically inaccurate. However this film excites the mind of those who REALLY know physics and know how few limits there are in what we can achieve in pushing our evolution through science to become indistinguishable from magic. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." I personally enjoyed every bit of the movie and, as it took me to a journey into the far far future, where humans can overcome their humanity and become real Gods.

So my verdict: It's rare enough these days to get an original Fantasy/Sci-Fi tale with a decent budget in the first place – let alone one for grown-ups with an R-rating. It may not be as good as it could have been (and it does feel a bit rushed), but it is very far from the catastrophic mess many critics make it out to be. As far as I'm concerned, 'Lucy' is a fun, crazy ride from start to finish. 7 stars out of 10.


It’s also, happily, part of an impromptu Vedic cycle of contemporary science-fiction films starring Scarlett Johansson. Having transcended human life in Besson’s film, the actress returns to Earth as a benign digital spirit in Spike Jonze’s Her, and then again as a heavenly destroyer in Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. That reminds us she’s the actress making the most consistently fascinating choices in Hollywood right now, and also that everything she does is, at the very least, worth watching. Lucy is more than that. It’s the blockbuster of the summer. By Robbie Collin, Film Critic. 

Lucy (2014)


Movie: Lucy (2014)
Directed by: Luc Besson 
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik
Distributed by: EuropaCorp. Distribution (France), Universal Pictures (International)
Release dates: 25 July 2014(US), 6 August 2014 France)
Running time: 89 minutes
Country: France
Language: English, Korean, French
Budget: $40 million 
Box office: $458.9 million
IMDb Rating: 6.4/10


Lucy, the new film from Luc Besson, is about a young woman whose brain becomes powerful enough to see the world as it really is – which, as it turns out, is exactly like a Luc Besson film. The plot has been inspired by the old myth that human beings use only 10 per cent of their potential brainpower – which, like all myths, speaks to deeper fears about the universe and our dispensable role within it. The title character, played by Scarlett Johansson, is a student in Taipei, and when we meet her, lingering on the steps of a hotel with a dope in a cowboy hat, her smeared make-up and leopard-print jacket tells us she’s a habitual maker of bad decisions. Sure enough, she’s soon shanghaied into a narcotics-smuggling operation, and a pouch of blue crystals – “something the kids in Europe are going to go crazy for,” the gang’s boar-like kingpin, played by the Oldboy star Choi Min-sik, explains – is stitched, kangaroo-like, into her belly.

But the bag bursts, an enormous dose of the experimental drug is absorbed into her bloodstream, and her brain goes into overdrive. Side-effects include: mind-reading, the ability to manipulate matter at a distance, and the tendency to fizz like a human Alka-Seltzer. Handily, while Lucy’s latent powers begin to manifest, an eminent neuroscientist, played by Morgan Freeman, is simultaneously delivering a lecture on the mind’s most far-flung abilities in a Paris Lycée. This stuff, he says, is what happens when the brain reaches 20 or 30 per cent of its operational capacity. “What happens at a 100 per cent?” a student asks. “Well, we’re reaching into the realms of science-fiction,” hums the professor. “But we just don’t know.”


Lucy (2014)

Lucy (2014)

Lucy (2014)



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