In typical Luc Besson fashion, you get one-part intrigue, a pinch of uncanny wit, a dash of suspense and a handful of rock’em/sock’em action. “Lucy” pretty much delivers on all of those fronts. There are a LOT of elements that you will recognize in other franchises or properties. You get a lot of “Akira” where a science experiment creates a group of super-mentally powered beings. Elements of “2001: A Space Odyssey” start the flick with scenes of the dawn of humanity. The most direct comparison some people can make are to the recent film “Limitless” where a man artificially becomes the most brilliant person on Earth, and while many people didn’t see it, “Transcendence” where the limits of the human mind are evolved to staggering heights.
The simple premise; “what would happen if a person could tap into 100% of their brain power?” is not a new one. However, pretty much the applications of that premise are usually wrong per most scientific theories. In layman’s terms, accessing 100% of your brain doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have superhuman abilities or become some mini version of God, but that you’ll have the ability to ACTIVELY control those functions that are INVOLUNTARILY controlled by the brain – like breathing, your heart beating, your kidney’s scrapping the crap out of your blood, our liver excreting enough enzymes to counteract the chemical changes in our bodies, etc. So while I respect Lucy from a movie-going event, I’m just leery on the science of it.
Regardless of that, I enjoyed the hell out of this movie and I think it gives further shine to Scarlet Johansen’s star as not only a dramatic actress, but a leading lady action star (coupled with her awesome Black Widow work) as well. Quite frankly, they could have called this “Salt with a Vengeance” and I would have been equally as happy. Also, you get a great treat by seeing Choi Min-sik, one of South Korea’s greatest action stars, at work. I’m a fan of his work and his participation in this flick as the main villain was entertaining and brought back many, many great memories of his prior movies. Morgan Freeman plays Professor Norman, a leading researcher in neurology, is pulled into the fray by Lucy as she tries to understand her radical change and what it’ll mean to the world. All I can say is Morgan’s “WTF” look on his face is probably the best in the biz.