Lucy is one of the more peculiar action movies I’ve seen in the past year. It tries to do a lot in its short run time and relatively short budget. The film; directed by Luc Besson and starring Scarlett Johansson is on the surface a straightforward action movie, but as it chugs along, there’s lots of sci-fi stuff going on too.
The movie starts off with Lucy finding herself in a bad situation. She gets mixed up with some murderous thugs involved with some crazy new drugs. They knock her out and surgically implant those drugs into her body for unknown reasons. When she wakes up all the fun starts.
She immediately starts gaining new powers. According to Morgan Freeman’s narration, that is because the drugs have granted her access to portions of her brain that no human before her had been able to use. I won’t spoil the rest, but lots of trippy stuff happens.
The action in Lucy is pretty basic. There are a handful of gunfights. Once her powers kick in, there are some special effects. I won’t tell you much about those scenes, but I think a lot of it could have been done much better. I’m assuming they had budget limitations and did the best that they could. None of the action scenes or special effects were particularly impressive, but they did serve the story well.
Lucy was definitely an entertaining movie and took me to places I didn’t expect the movie to go. Although I understand why Johansson delivered the wooden performance she did, I just wasn’t moved by it. Since the visuals and action weren’t anything to write home about either, I’m going to have to give this film an appropriate rating. Let us know what you thought of Lucy in the comments below.