MESSAGE IN THE MOVIES
Photo By Universal Pictures
Directed by Luc Besson. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman.
In Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, humanity undertakes an interstellar quest that brings us close to the mind of God. People are still discussing the meaning of this significant film.
In Luc Besson’s Lucy, the title character approaches transcendence via the accidental ingestion of an experimental drug and decides to go on a high-speed car chase through the streets of Paris. People are already trying to forget the foolishness of this trivial movie.
Lucy (Johansson) is an American enjoying the good life in Taipai with a new boyfriend who gets her involved in a drug deal against her will. The deal goes down badly and Lucy finds herself a prisoner, being used by Korean thugs as a drug mule until a sadistic beating by a prison guard bursts open the bag of pharmaceuticals hidden in her abdomen and she starts using more and more of her brain – 10 percent at a time – to become a fully evolved superhuman.
Lucy is befriended by a nice Paris policeman (Amr Waked) and eventually understood by a wise professor (Freeman) who happens to be lecturing on how our brain’s capacity is generally underused. He’s just the right person to sympathize with Lucy’s condition.
Lucy is one of those films that remind you of other better films, because it borrows visual styles and ideas from movies as diverse as 2001, Inception, Limitless, The Matrix and Taken.
The film is very short – 90 minutes, including about 5 minutes of credits – and that may be part of its problem. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen most of the interesting special effects. There’s not much story beyond a standard chase, so that leaves much time spent listening to Professor Norman explaining to us the pseudoscience behind Lucy’s transformation.
The end of the film attempts to take the audience to a higher level with Lucy, but fails in its efforts.
Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman are fine actors and this film gave them the chance to enjoy France and Taiwan for a few weeks. Good for them!
If what Professor Norman says in the movie is true, I am only using 10% of my brain in everyday activities. That still sounds a bit generous to me but I’ll take it. Even 10% of my mind told me that this movie was absolute hooey.
Use your brain and skip this film, too.
One halo: A slightly entertaining diversion that satisfies like fast food; you wonder what compelled you to think that you’d be getting something better.
Two pitchforks: Much bloody violence; ethnic stereotype villains.
Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
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