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493. Lucy

Published December 27, 2014

Background info

Title: Lucy Director: Luc Besson Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 39m

“From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.”

Live blog

2:37 - Don’t trust anyone who says “You trust me, don’t you?” 7:00 - What a situation to find yourself in. And really could happen, anyone could put a suitcase on your wrist, I guess. 12:28 - Dyson gadget in the background. So covet that. 16:13 - Yea, Morgan Freeman! One of those who just lights up the screen. 20:06 - Can’t believe I didn’t know Julian R-T was in this. Great cast so far. 22:19 - Immortality vs reproduction. I know which I choose. 28:10 - “100%? I’ve no idea.” 39:03 - Nice sequence with the classical music on top. 41:31 - Oh, Paris. 44:48 - “I’m colonising my own brain.” 47:12 - I would very much like to have Morgan available to call for a bit of wisdom occasionally. 49:43 - French man saying “capsule” is cute. 56:56 - She knocked out a room of people by lifting a hand. That’s epic power. 59:48 - Peugeot police car. 1:02:12 - Poor local police. Every time! 1:07:45 - “She’s a witch.” 1:09:54 - Time is the key to everything. Thus time travel is the best. That’s my maths, anyway. 1:21:52 - She went all that way to 100% and all we got was this lousy USB stick. 1:22:50 - “…Now you know what to do with it.” Uh…. back up regularly?

Conclusions

This felt very much like watching Transcendence - a unique idea that had to be handled correctly to get the best out of it. Transcendence almost managed it, going a bit wonky only towards the end. Lucy went wrong almost from the very start. Aside from the fact that the science is a myth, and thus the whole premise is a bit off, there’s not an awful lot going on in the film.

Scarlett doesn’t have a lot to work with, transformed almost immediately into some kind of robotic, emotionless other-worldly being. Morgan Freeman is his usual excellent self but doesn’t really fit into the story easily.

I like that it ramped up, with the percentage increasing, and quite liked some of the effects, but ultimately it didn’t make a lot of sense and just wasn’t very interesting.

Rating: 1/5.

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