Last year the film Lucy came out starring Scarlett Johansson. I was looking forward to this film at first, infact I almost saw it in theaters. Science fiction, action, Morgan Freeman, Scarlett Johansson, what’s not to like? I’m Linus Schill, and as it turns out there is plenty not to like about this movie and that is exactly what I am going to talk about today, in my review of Lucy.
One of the main problems I had with this movie was the expectations you had coming into it. Maybe I was wrong in assuming that this movie was going to be something special, because it certainly wasn’t. In the marketing of the movie (which normally always tells the truth) it showed Scarlett Johansson being a strong female lead character who becomes an expert badass and a killer. And while the film comes off as a fun action movie with a badass female heroine, Johansson is hardly badass at all. Yes she kills people, but only because the drug that was implanted into her is leaking into her body, allowing her to flick her wrist and murder an entire room of people. Her character, Lucy, never actually touches the people she is fighting. It was very distracting watching a movie that pretended to show a female character being strong, smart, and deadly, really only have a telekinetic genius that magically obliterates all of her enemies.
Another problem that I had with this movie was that it took place in Taiwan, involved Korean mob bosses and drug lords, and yet the main character was still just a white American who went around killing countless Asians. The plot itself was convoluted and sloppy. The more of her brain that she “unlocked”, the worse the film became. Not to mention the movie expected the audience to be stupid watching the movie. Stupid enough to believe that humans only used 10% of their brain, which has been proven repeatedly false. Stupid enough to believe that “unlocking” said locked parts of your brain would somehow magically give you telekinesis (Maybe she was the first Jedi?). By the end of the film I really didn’t have any idea what was going on. Ultimately, it became a boring film, with an ending attempting at being an engaging action sequence that just turned into one of the most confusing parts of the movie.
There wasn’t much acting to comment on given that after the first act of the movie Johansson just became a robot (with telekinetic abilities). The visual effects were good, nothing special, but good. My favorite scene of the movie was when Lucy was in Times Square speeding back in time at what that area looked like throughout history. That was one of the things I will give this movie as a positive, its visuals. Not specifically the special effects, but the way the movie showed how Lucy saw the world. There was a great moment towards the end of the movie when Lucy was able to view all the cell phone signals going out of a city, and she parsed through all of them, figuring out which was the one that she was trying to listen in on. Again, makes absolutely no ounce of sense, but it sure did look pretty.
Overall the film was ok. It was not bad, I still enjoyed watching it, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a good movie. On a scale of 1 – 10 I give it a 5 / 10. The visuals, as I said, were a big plus. Its always nice to see Morgan Freeman giving a lecture on something science related. The plot was all over the place jumping from different eons of time to the present and then back again. I did not regret watching the movie, but I wouldn’t recommend that you see it. Thank you for reading my review of Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson. I’m Linus Schill, and I’ll see you next time.