Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a new review and today I’m gonna be talking about Lucy, a film starring Scarlet Johansson that I had to wait a whole extra month for because the US and UK film distribution system is BROKEN. I have heard a lot of talk about this film and have avoided a lot of reviews just to come into the film without any preconceived thoughts. So how did the film fare? Well, read on and find out!
The premise for the film can be described as the following:
“A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.”
If you’ve seen the trailers you get a pretty good idea of what of what the film’s story is about, and while this film is about that, at the same time there is a lot more to it. I thought the film had an interesting premise and at times was very intriguing to hear about this whole idea of unlocking the potential of the human brain. That being said, some of the theories behind what happens as the human brain unlocks more of its capacity does get a bit ridiculous, convoluted and you can tell that it belongs in the realm of science fiction and not reality. As for the main plot from start to finish, it is cool at points, but it just doesn’t deliver an overall entertaining experience. I thought I was going to get a sci-fi action thriller and while there are elements of each of those genres here together, at the same time it doesn’t make any of its codes and conventions any better than its competitors. Also at times the film has a lot of things going on and you’re expected just to go with it, that being said when you start to think about things that happen in the film you end up asking yourself a lot of questions that the film will never answer. There are comparisons to be made to Akira, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Transcendence and the recent Limitless as well and while I can’t say whether these scenes and concepts were taken from those films intentionally, it is hard to ignore how blatant they are. And then there’s that ending, damn, it was just a bit disappointing and abrupt.
When it comes to the cast they were good, but the main person you’ll be paying attention to is Scarlett Johansson. As Lucy, Johansson was pretty good. She handled her scenes with a great deal of style, badassery and believability. Her character is a person who just gets caught up in a bad situation and then because of a drug that turns her into a superhuman/god of time and space and it is fascinating to see her advance and change over the course of the film. Johansson was great, that being said I wasn’t keen on the fact that once she started unlocking her brain’s potential, she becomes so robotic and emotionless and I find it hard to get behind a protagonist that has no charisma or personality. Also Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman is good, he’s just doing his Morgan Freeman thing and it works for this film and there are moments when he isn’t completely in the know and is lost for words which was interesting. Choi Min-sik was good as Mr. Jang, but his character was kind of one-note and just generic as the bad guy and I had hoped for more considering his acting chops in his Korean films. And finally Amr Waked as Pierre Del Rio, he was fine, his character was mainly there for laughs, but he had his moments to be useful.
As for the presentation it was pretty impressive. The cinematography was nice and the action scenes and sequences were shot very well, especially one involving a cool car chase. In addition to that GCI was used very well and helped create some very nice, disturbing and weird scenes involving characters, places, time and space. And the soundtrack by Éric Serra is decent, but nothing special, however the “Sister Rust” by Damon Albarn was pretty nice.
In conclusion Lucy is an interesting film with a cool idea, nice visual effects and some decent action sequences. But in the end the film doesn’t ever get that exciting or capitalize on its fascinating premise. The film is not without its merits, but it was not as great as I had hoped and I have seen much better films this summer. If you’re interested in checking this film out approach with caution to avoid disappointment.
Rating: 6/10 (An interesting idea with a lackluster payoff)
So what did you think of Lucy? Did you like it or hate it? Also, how do you feel about Scarlet Johansson as a leading action lady and do you feel like now is the time for her to have her own film as Black Widow? Whatever your thoughts are leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to see ya on the next film review yo!