Movie review: Lucy (2014)


Before I’m going to start on a quick movie review for ‘Lucy’, I’m taking this opportunity to wish all Muslims across the world, particularly to my Malay friends in Malaysia a Happy Eid al-Adha! ‘Selamat Hari Raya Haji’! Thanks for having this celebration falls on Sunday this year so that we can have a holiday tomorrow, hence a longer weekend for us to enjoy. Tomorrow wouldn’t be any more Monday blues. Who doesn’t love that? Happy Holiday to everyone too!

Let’s get back to ‘Lucy’, a science fiction action film released in July this year and I only got to watch it just now. Directed, written and edited by Luc Besson, it revolves on a character named ‘Lucy’ (hence the movie’s title), a woman who gains psychokinetic abilities accidentally from a nootropic (neurone enhancer) drug being absorbed into her bloodstream. The film starred Scarlett Johansson (the title character), Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, etc.

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According to the story in the film, human only can be able to use 10 percent of his/her cerebral capacity. I’m sure not sure whether it is true, but I think it is. Our brain or the whole body system is very complicated. The drug enabled Lucy’s cerebral capacity to increase, and in each stages of the increase, Lucy’s power or abilities (telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, connectivity, enhanced physical capabilities, etc) escalates while she is being chased down by the drug lord, whom first transplanted several bags of the drug named CPH4 into four persons (including Lucy) and to have them transported to different parts of the world for sales later without being detected. The plot is very interesting, and looking from such storyline, everything should be fast-paced. I can still cope with it, and the advantage of it is that things run quite quick without any time for you to get bored or find things pointless in the way.

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Maybe I’m not smart enough (my cerebral capacity still at the typical human’s level), that I couldn’t really digest what is happening in detail in the final part of the film when Lucy almost reached 100% of her cerebral capacity and vanished. I understand what is going on, but I’m quite confused with the excessive showing of crazy projections (I believe it’s some sort of space-time journey happening to Lucy that moment). Scarlett Johansson delivered outstanding performance here. She is beautiful and cool, and she nailed this role very well. The other supporting casts also did fairly good job. Couldn’t comment much on the others as Scarlett is the attention of the show.

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I read a statement from Wikipedia regarding the film that also best summarizes my opinion after watching ‘Lucy’; ‘It received mainly positive, but also polarizing, critical reviews, with praise for Johansson’s performance, entertaining or intriguing themes and visuals, and criticism for having a nonsensical and convoluted plot, especially its focus on the 10% of brain myth and resulting abilities.’ The film is a fairly entertaining fast-paced movie that is certainly worth your time. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Lucy’ a total of 7.2.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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