Sound Off: Johansson in Luc Besson's 'Lucy' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
July 25, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Imagine what she could do with 100%. Now in theaters is Luc Besson's Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a woman caught in a dark deal who ends up gaining incredible powers when a drug gives her 100% brain capacity superpowers. Morgan Freeman also co-stars as a Professor explaining what's going on with her, and how/why she's gaining these powers. Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pilou Asbæk are also in the sci-fi action movie. Is it any good? Did Luc Besson get his groove back? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Besson's Lucy.
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To fuel the fire, I actually enjoyed Luc Besson's Lucy quite a bit. Yes it is kind of dumb, but it's so much fun, a better action movie than Transcendence (which, once you see this, is an apt comparison regarding what happens to her in the end) and much more engaging. I've been a Luc Besson fan for a while, and it's not as good as his early work, but it's still entertaining and delivers on a big, bold, crazy, weird concept. I love that it has a scope as wide as 2001 and tries to be so bold as to say this is about humanity and evolution and how much potential we have. The science of it doesn't really matter, because it was more about mixing some real science with cinematic visuals and giving us an enjoyable big screen experience. I think it achieves just that.
This movie isn't trying to be the smartest think you'll ever watch, and it's not even trying to be scientifically accurate. My impression is that Besson's goal was to make an entertaining action movie that also makes us think about our history/future as humanity, and our (nearly limitless) potential to evolve. Oh and I guess I should say that Scarlett Johansson, as always, kicks ass and does a fine job with her character, even though there's not much to chew on with her lines or story. But you know what, I'm not ashamed to say I enjoyed it.
What did you think of Luc Besson's Lucy? Incredible, original sci-fi movie or complete mess?
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