I've seen a lot of grief thrown at "Lucy" because of the "10% of your brain" concept being untrue. Many are dismissing the movie outright, declaring it unworthy of anyone's time because it DARES to structure a narrative around a fictional concept. I mean that's just unheard of, right? Having seen it, I can honestly say that Lucy delivers more visceral satisfaction in its brisk 89 minutes than most of the bloated explosion fests that get released these days.
Focusing on an American student studying abroad, Lucy (Scarlett Johannson) finds herself in deep trouble when she is kidnapped by members of an organized crime ring and forced to transpot an expertimental drug across borders in her stomach. When the drug is accidentally introduced into Lucy's system, it supercharges her brain cells and allows her to take her mind and body places no one else has gone before.
Lucy wastes little time in dragging out its very simple concept. From the opening scene, we're thrown along with Lucy from one high stakes situation to another; from a terrifying kidnapping to catharsis-granting revenge to thrilling showdowns and more. Luc Benson flexes his creative muscles, providing Lucy with plenty of opportunities to use her abilties in ways that provide intense thrills and moments of well crafted pathos.
Even still, let's not ignore that this is a silly movie, one with many problems in several departments. The opening is an eye-rolling mess of obvious symbolism, and the brilliant Morgan Freeman exists solely to be used as an "exposition" machine. All the same, it's a movie that revels in its absurdity to deliver one of the most enjoyably bizarre popcorn-movie experiences in ages. And the fact that it features Scarlett Johansson as "Dr. Manhattan meets The Bride" doesn't hurt either. Between this, "Under The Skin" and "Captain America", 2014 is undoubtedly Johannson's year.
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If you boycott Lucy solely on its premise, you're clearly using LESS than 10% of your brain, because you're choosing to miss one of the better films of this summer. (4/5).
- Written by Tom Peeler
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