Lucy (2014): French filmmaker Luc Besson's solid Action flick with a weak Sci-Fi element

What could have been a path breaking cinema ends up being just another good film


By Amrit Rukhaiyaar

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Lucy, Film Poster, Directed by Luc Besson, starring Scarlet Johansson
Lucy (2014) By Luc Besson
Reviewer's Rating: 6.0
IMDb Ratings: 7.8
Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
CastScarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi
Country: France
Language: English | French | Korean | Chinese
Runtime: 89 min
ColorColor

SummaryA woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
First Lines: Life was given to us a billion years ago, what have we done with it? Ironically, I wanted to ask director Luc Besson about this film, what have you done with it? 

Lucy started off like a Luc Besson's version of 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Tree of Life. An Early Man drinking water from a pond and then we come across a series of  fast forwarding images where we witness the constant evolution we have made using Science and Technology. 

Lucy got hold of me, right from that first scene. 5 minutes into the film, there was a scene where we see Scarlett Johansson being strategically circled by men in a hotel, at the same time, we also see a Deer being targeted by Leopards. It was all so poetic and symbolically beautiful. Such was the initial impression, this film created about it which only made one expect great things from the rest of the movie.

Scarlet Johansson as Lucy, Directed by Luc Besson
Scarlet Johansson in Luc Besson's Lucy
Scarlett Johansson plays the titular role in Lucy; she is captured by a Korean Mobster, Mr. Jang, played by Min-Sik Choi. Mr. Jang had a pack of drugs sewed in Lucy's abdomen and gives her the job of transporting them to Europe. Following a series of events, the drug is somehow released inside her stomach and gets mixed up with her bloodstream, which as a result, gives her enhanced physical and mental abilities. 

On the Other hand, we see Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) explaining an audience how humans use only 10 percent of their brains and what could possibly happen if they become capable of using around 20 to 30 percent of their brains, which was exactly what happening with Lucy somewhere else.

Lucy is basically an Action film with Science Fiction as its background; however, that’s also the top reason for its mediocrity. The film has a brilliant storyline and a fascinating philosophy about life and evolution and it deserved to be a pure science fiction film. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be any action at all but a thorough study of the subject.  Lucy had the potential to be a path breaking cinema, there was several scenes and images in the films that was sufficiently enough to awaken one’s curiosity about time, evolution and the history of life.

Scarlet Johansson and Morgan Freeman in Lucy, Directed by Luc Besson
A Still from Luc Besson's Lucy
However, every time, the film took an interesting turn about the discovery of Life and Evolution, it got carried away with one of many action sequences before you could truly relish the Science Fiction part of it. In the name of Action, Lucy exploited the Sci-Fi genre up to an extent where it started to look bad and at times stupid.

Lucy could possibly be a philosophy on the expression of Time as the one and only unit of measure and basis of the theory of existence, but the film had a different priority, it thoroughly aspired be an action film for which it looked very ordinary. After regular intervals, it did try to jump back to its Sci-Fi roots but then the movie ended up depending on the visuals instead of the story.

I wonder how a young Steven Spielberg would have made this film. I think this should have been a Spielberg Film. Lucy is a good action film and if I hadn’t realized its potentials, I would have totally loved it. 

About Author - 



Amrit is a Freelance Writer and an independent Movie Critic who has an undying love for Silent Cinema. He aspires to write a book on Silent Films One day. Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction are 2 films, Amrit loves to talk about. He writes his views on cinema at Movie Geek’s Blog

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