From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Lucy also stars Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China.
3.5 stars – Entertaining.
Wow. Look at me, this is the third movie of the summer! I’ve never seen this many movies this quickly before. Both hubby and I wanted to see this one and I’m glad I did. Lucy is a fast moving, high action movie with a few laughs thrown in for good measure.
Lucy felt like a mixture of La Femme Nikita and Flowers for Algernon with a little bit of Lawnmower Man thrown in for good measure. I can’t quite put my finger on why Lucy reminds me of La Femme Nikita other than the director – Lucy does not fight or kill in the way the character from La Femme Nikita does.
Lucy starts off with a bang: In an exciting and tension filled scene Lucy (the title character) becomes an unwilling drug mule for a new party drug. We watch as Lucy goes from mule to unwilling user due to a rupture in the drug packet placed in her body. By the way, the scene where the drugs invade Lucy’s system was…quite entertaining! Lucy was climbing walls and bouncing off the ceiling. Fun!
Lucy moves very, very fast. From the very beginning everything happens at warp speed. I wasn’t a fan of the dispassionate and slightly twitchy way that Johansson portrayed Lucy as time passed but the affectation made sense. I loved most of the action/confrontation scenes – especially as Lucy gains more power.
The movie started to go downhill near the end. Towards the end of the movie Lucy meets up with Morgan Freeman’s character, sits down in a chair…and basically never gets up again. I would have rated this movie higher if the ending hadn’t been so anti-climatic. The entire movie felt like a build up to some great scene that never, ever arrived. Seriously. I hated the ending.
I had to revise this review a little right before posting – I went to see Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and it made me confront my feelings toward Lucy in a different manner: How does Lucy rate in comparison to the other movies I’ve seen this summer? Being honest, I’d say Lucy does pretty well. Of the four movies I’ve seen this summer Lucy is one of (if not the) best movies I’ve seen in 2014.
The Good News: The movie is entertaining and has a lot of high action moments. It’s also relatively short and fast.
The Bad News: The ending sucked ass. Major ass. Also, Johansson never went full Matrix with the fighting scenes as I expected. ScarJo was more Yoda than Neo.
All in all: It’s entertaining! While the ending killed a lot of the movie’s mojo for me – it is still the best of the “Hollywood blockbusters” I’ve watched all year.
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