Lucy (2014) – Film Review

LucyScarlett Johannson  in Lucy

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

Directed and written by Luc Besson

IMDB Rating: 6.4

A film high on special effects and action scenes, Lucy offers a lot for the eyes, but not a lot for everything else.

Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson, a student living in Taipei, Taiwan who is kidnapped after being forced to deliver a briefcase to Mr. Jang (Min-sik Choi). She is then forced by Mr. Jang to deliver the contents of the case, a new synthetic drug, through her stomach in a bag across the borders, but before she can travel she gets kicked in the stomach. With the contents of the bag emptying in her stomach, she starts to gain access to parts of her brain previously unavailable to humankind, giving her incredible powers.

This is a film that looks good, but when you think about it is utterly ridiculous. The line that goes something like “mankind can only understand what it can comprehend” is uttered again in this film, multiple times. Maybe that’s my problem, but for me the ideas portrayed here are unbelievable verging on the ludicrous. The idea that someone can control things isn’t the problem, but the idea that someone can morph in any form is what gets me. From changing hair colour to turning into some weird black spider thing at the end – it was fun to watch but I was also thinking ‘come on, really?’, but maybe that’s just me. That being said the action itself is entertaining to watch, it is smooth, sassy and in some instances quite funny!

It is also worth noting that this is an incredibly short film, with a runtime of 89 minutes, but minus the credits and you’re looking at just over an hour and fifteen minutes of film!

The acting performances in this film are okay, no more and no less. With both of the leads, Johansson and Freeman, it’s a case of them doing enough to get by without harming their reputations, but I’ve seen them both deliver much better performances than in this film.

The directing in this film is of a very good standard by Luc Besson. The visuals (minus effects) are very sharp and attractive, and his action scenes transition very well. Besson obviously has a knack for the moving fighting scenes, with the slow-motion raid of the gang headquarters a particular highlight. Much of the success in this film comes from the special effects. The visuals are very well done – it would have been almost impossible to make it seem believable, so the mass of visual effects companies (five in total) working on the film had to be creative with it. The visuals were interesting and engaging and were actually really fun to watch!

I watched this film with my family, and my 15 year old brother said straight after that it was the best film he had ever seen! Granted, he hasn’t seen many films, but that’s still a big statement and I think accurately shows the audience for this film. It isn’t the best film in terms of story and plot, not by a long way, but the action and special effects are very well done and a joy to watch. I’m still undecided about whether I liked this film or not, if I was to say anything I would say I did like it because of the well done action scenes and cool visual effects.

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