Published December 27, 2014


Film info

  • Title Lucy
  • Director Luc Besson
  • Year 2014
  • Run time 1hr 39m
  • Genres Science-Fiction, Action
  • Tagline The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with 100%.

Luc 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.

Live blog

Time Comment
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?


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.

Rating: 1 / 5

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