Alternating between a pulsating and curiously eye-popping psycho thriller, ‘Lucy’ imprints on the viewer’s mind as being a fast-paced scientific fantasy.
No wonder by the curtain call, the viewer ends up with mixed feelings, not sure to be happy or sad at the man’s capacity to utilize only 10% of the brain!
Lucy [Scarlett Johansson] is a regular party-loving, somewhat innocent American girl studying in Taipei, Taiwan. Her newly found boyfriend tricks her into becoming a drug mule as he forcibly attaches a narcotic-filled suitcase on to her.
In the same instant this boy friend is shot dead before her horrified eyes.
The reluctant Lucy is brought by thugs to Mr Jang [Choic Min-sic], a darkly evil drug lord. After washing blood off his slimy hands, Jang forcibly sews the drug bag into Lucy’s stomach.
As she wards off a gangster’s attempts to rape her, she is brutally kicked in the stomach by the gangster. The kicks rupture the drug bag, lending Lucy, by degrees – an enhancement in her faculties until she reaches 100% mark of brain power release.
The ghastly scenes occur against the backdrop of the voice of renowned human-brain-expert Prof Norman [Morgan Freeman], who constantly laments that humans use very little of their brain capacity.
Slowly Lucy comes to realize that to stay alive she must locate Prof Norman.
Lucy’s histrionics as she transforms from a normal party loving young grad to a girl scared out of her wits, moving on to possess sensationally powerful and super human mental prowess are worth a watch.
So is her knife sticking act on the cruel Jang who is so powerless that he can only mutter “Ouchs! and Ooohs!
The shrewd Director [Luc Besson] lets the evil drug lord live so that he returns to kill Lucy, but instead gets killed by the French Police Capt Pierre Del Rio.
The treat offered in the movie of super visuals, the gun battles, the ugly gangster-leering, the car chase along the side walk of Rue de Rivoli all pale in comparison to the scintillating charm of the protagonist.
It is her performance that lends the movie that much needed credibility to lift the goofy boring plot above the banal.
On the whole ‘Lucy’ borders on a sensational yet somewhat silly amalgam of science and philosophy pored into an action mould.
Rating: 3.5 stars
By: Joseph R