Flash Movie Review: Lucy

It is funny; I originally planned to start this review out talking about the times where too much education may not be a good thing. When overhearing two people talk about their health issues and I can tell they are not aware what their symptoms mean but I do, makes me feel sad for them. Living in a highly litigative society has forced manufacturers to list every conceivable symptom or warning on their products these days, to the point where I do not want to think about all the possibilities how something could go wrong if I use or ingest their product. So instead of this movie review taking that path I prefer steering it towards my belief that education has a direct affect on one’s quality of life. I believe once a person stops learning, they stop growing and their mind begins to narrow into a stagnant state. There is my friend who is the assistant principle of an alternative school where the student body consists of students who were expelled or dropped out from their previous school. This school is their last chance and she does everything she can to show these kids the possibilities they could have by staying in school, acquiring knowledge. When one has an education there is nothing that can stop them from achieving their full potential.    PROOF of this can be found in this crazy science fiction film. Scarlett Johansson (Don Jon, We Bought a Zoo) played Lucy, a woman who found herself the victim of an international drug plot. However, as she began to acquire knowledge Lucy was able to fight back and take control of her destiny. Written and directed by Luc Besson (The Family, Taken franchise), this action movie made little sense. As long as you knew that going in then the film was just fun to watch. The main reason for this was due to Scarlett Johansson; she was great in the role. I especially enjoyed the way she had a no-nonsense approach; in essence, turning the character into a strong female leading role. In a perfect match of casting the producers had Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, Last Vegas) play Professor Norman. He was the grounding force to this otherwise silly film. The last part of the story was the most ridiculous for me; I found it so unbelievable. Considering the story, I do not know why I should be so surprised. In spite of all the looniness I do believe this film will make Scarlett even more bankable than she was before; she is very smart with her film choices. There was blood and violence throughout the movie.


2 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 28, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. She’s been in a number of amazing movies that make her “bankable”. My favorites were ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and ‘Under the Skin’.

  2. Good review. My 15 year old daughter and I saw this last week. It is silly and sometimes the story falters (the animal/nature video spliced in was sort of disjointed) but we had so much fun. It was good old fashioned science fiction perfect for an afternoon get-out-of-the-summer-heat good time!

  3. The previews have me excited for when this comes out on Netflix. And for sure now after your review. It takes a lot to get me to the theater.

    • I may have to make it my personal goal to get you to a theater one day. lol Thank you for coming by to leave your comments. I would enjoy hearing your take on this film when you get to see it.

  4. The Dancing Rider

    This movie does sound silly. I liked your review. I will rent it, for sure, but I’m not hoping for a lot. We will be watching “Noah” tonight!

  5. Theatre of Pain

    Mmm Scarlett. I do want to see this movie for the sci-fi action and it is nice to know that Hollywood is still willing to bankroll a big budget.”R” rated film. I’ve been feeling that more and more movies are being forced into the PG-13 slot in an attempt to cover increasing production costs through increased ticket sales and it sometimes severely limits the original vision.

    Several years ago, there were talks of releasing some “R” rated films in a “G” or “PG” format on DVD and Blu-Ray. I seem to remember Braveheart and Gladiator as two of the potential candidates for the more family friendly releases. Can you imagine a “G” rated Braveheart? I certainly can’t and I believe that somebody eventually killed the idea after recognizing it as a bad plan

    • Theatre of Pain

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      • How bizarre, I never heard of this service before. I appreciate you taking the time to clarify and find this information.

      • Theatre of Pain

        It was a late night for me and mentioning the service made me curious as to what actually happened to it. According to Wikipedia, the company was taken to court and shut down for copyright infringement in 2006.

      • I just saw this movie through Directv pay per view. Overall, I enjoyed the film but it did have some silly moments. Now how do I mention those moments without spoiling it for others? First, there were the unnecessary cut scenes that displayed a number of random images. I’m glad those were toned down as the film progressed. Next was the chained prisoner scene. While I understand the chemical reaction that was happening, I don’t understand why it had to defy gravity. And finally, there was the computer scene at the end. I really don’t enjoy obvious CGI and I felt it was over the top which is really saying something given the rest of the films content.

        The film seemed familiar and I was surprised to find out it was written by Luc Besson who brought us The Fifth Element. Was it as rewatchable? Probably not but it was still a fun movie. Now I can save my 10% for something more cerebral to come along.

      • I know what exactly what you were referring to in this film and you are totally right. Like you I was surprised it was written by Luc Besson. Thanks for the comments.

    • I am glad they did not go through with that plan. On the down side I think that is why there are more 3D versions coming out to recoup their money.

      • Theatre of Pain

        Remember how much media attention Waterworld received for costing more than one million dollars to make? That was not a good film and of course it had to be the one VHS tape that I didn’t mail back to BMG in time and forced to buy.

        I’m not a fan of 3D movies. They seemed like a huge gimmick to draw crowds into theaters that had almost nothing else to offer in the beginning and they were loaded with scenes that were easily recognized as being shot only to emphasize the 3D effect. I think the “it’s coming right at me” angles have been toned down since but I will still take a 2D film with great acting, characters and story over a “pretty” 3D film any day of the week.

      • I am once again right with you on this; I actually dislike the 3D and have noticed that I just tune it out while watching a film that has it.

  6. Ugh…this movie was so awful. I saw it by default after a theater manager cancelled my showing of Wish I Was Here at the last minute. This movie’s only redeeming quality was that I saw it for free.

    • I am curious how and why a showtime gets cancelled. Free is always a good thing, but you did not even care for Scarlett’s performance? Thanks for coming by to leave your comments. Also, would you mind telling me what type of movies you enjoy? Thank you again.

      • I am curious too. My best guess is that the theaters in our area can’t seem to sustain even a remotely artsy or independent production. They probably wanted to get in one more showing of The Guardians of the Galaxy…

        I adore Scarlett Johansson. I thought she was spectacular in Her, Don Jon, Under the Skin just to name a few, but no one could have made the trite dialogue or unconvincing plot line of Lucy look good.

        As for the type of movies I enjoy, I’d say my taste is fairly eclectic. True, I am not a huge fan of scifi or comic book movies, but I loved The Fifth Element (a much better example of Luc Besson’s talent and worth as a director and a far better performance by a female lead). It would be hard to narrow my preferences down, but my favorite movie is Annie Hall.

      • How weird about the theaters near you. Maybe you should consider moving? lol You listed some great films in you comments; I recognize a good eye for films. Hopefully I can provide you with a few buried treasures here; if nothing else, at least save you money by steering you away from the duds. Thanks for the update.

      • It’s a travesty – at least to me. We had an art house theater, but it was poorly maintained and finally shut down last year. My hopes that this would mean the bigger movie houses would cover the gap have been dashed. We could certainly drive 20-30 minutes and catch a good flick, but our children are still unpredictable toddlers. Some day. Thank you for your reviews. I do enjoy them. 🙂

  7. This was a ridiculous premise and it got crazier as the movie progressed but I found it entertaining. Scarlet made the role from her timid beginning to her strong and resilient woman at the end. Movies are meant to entertain and I think this movie succeeded in doing just that. Everyone loves a hero and she was somewhat of a hero in this role.

    Morgan was his incredible self. He is wonderful in everything! Love his voice!

    • You and I are in synch regarding what movies are meant to do for us–move and entertain us. So glad you enjoyed Scarlet as much as I did. Thank you so much for coming by to share your comments.

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