I am not entirely sure whether I can give an unbiased review of this movie given my experience watching it. Lucy, directed by Luc Besson, is a story of a young woman (Scarlet Johansson) who gets deceived into delivering a briefcase to a powerful drug lord. When things go south, she gets surgically implanted with a package containing a powerful synthetic chemical drug giving her superhuman abilities. Out for revenge, Lucy attempts to take down the very people that made her into what she has become.
Guys this is a terrible movie. I recommend watching it for yourself to truly appreciate how shit it really is. The movie fails on nearly every front; storytelling ability, characters, action, plot structure etc. There is no cohesive plot to bind together all the elements listed above. This is partially due to the fact that the movie has an absurdly short runtime of 90 minutes. This is too little to develop a complete storyline with characters that draw interest. One of the biggest problems with ‘Lucy’ is that we are introduced to a myriad of characters that we are forced to pay attention to, but we are given only superficial details of their life and their interests. For example, there was this one police officer who was helping Lucy to track down some criminals. He was present for a good 40 minutes in the movie, however we do learn one interesting thing about his character (aside from his occupation).
Another major problem with this movie is that it is too pretentious. It attempts to be this complex philosophical movie, which discusses the ethical and moral consequences of humans being able to use 100% of their cerebral abilities, but it fails to do so in a spectacular fashion. This is because this discussion is shoehorned into the movie in the last 5-10 minutes. Plus the director does a pitiful job in jamming together a few poorly cut sequences that resemble this complex topic.
The main character in the film, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) was also poorly written and directed on screen. She possesses the ability to utilize 100% of her cerebral abilities, however she does the most stupid things I swear. For example, instead of drawing attention away from herself so that she can finish her job efficiently, she draws as much attention towards herself as possible by forgetting to wipe blood off her clothes in broad daylight, driving on a one way road and attracting the attention of over a dozen policemen and even changing her own hair color at a busy international airport (because no one will notice that right?). Her abilities are also vaguely defined and made along as the movie progresses; she is made to do whatever looks cool. Also, the fact that she is practically invincible in the movie (spoiler alert?) adds no stakes to any of the brawls she’s in because we already know the outcome. Lastly before I run out of breath, her character behaves with no emotion, literally. This is the equivalent of watching a real life tortoise act on screen for 90 minutes.
Overall, I am not a fan of this movie. Some of you may be which is great but I am not. To me, ‘Lucy’ is way too pretentious, fails to deliver a cohesive plot and has a uncharismatic protagonist.