Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Movie Review: Lucy (2014)

Movie: Lucy (2014)

Director: Luc Besson

Writer: Luc Besson

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, & Amr Waked

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A woman (Johansson) is exposed to a drug that let's her access increasing percentages of her brain capacity, turning on those who wrongfully exposed her to the drug.

From the looks of the trailer, the movie is a cross between an extreme version of Limitless with Bradley Cooper and the superpower movie Push with Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning, and that's actually a decent comparison to make.  The movie may be more of a cool and interesting concept than it is an actual movie, but at just a sliver under an hour and a half long, it's a quick watch.

There's really nothing new happening in the movie that we haven's seen before and the so-called deep thoughts that Scarlett Johansson's character is having on humanity and existence aren't all that deep and intriguing.  She's supposed to have all this new knowledge and understanding of life and she sounds like some college philosophy major who's trying to sound profound but is just talking bullshit.  Plus, if she were to be able to understand certain things outside the norm because of being able to use a higher percent of her brain capacity, would she really be able to explain it to someone who can't use that percent of their brain in the first place?  Just a thought to keep in mind.

Luc Besson is a well known director but I can't think of a movie that I've liked of his since 1994's Leon: The Professional.  I know that there is a group of people who really enjoy The Fifth Element but don't really count me as one of them.  I think it's not as bad as some people think but it's not like I'm craving to watch it on a yearly basis or anything like that.  I think that the bold color choices he uses can turn some people off from the actual underlying story of such a film.  Sort of like how Starship Troopers is actually a satirical portrayal of war and politics rather than just a sci-fi movie about killing bugs.  I've just never really been a fan of his, it is what it is.

I thought it was very art-schooly (I don't care if that's not a word) to intercut the beginning of the movie with things in nature pertaining to what Morgan Freeman was lecturing on.  I know it worked for March of the Penguins but it didn't work for this.  It felt disjointed and was more distracting than anything else.

The good thing about this movie is that it's easy to watch, pretty short, fairly entertaining, and somewhat interesting.  Nothing wrong with that for a movie to throw on.

Rating 6/10