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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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
No one? I really want to see this.
Quanah on Jul 25, 2014
You won't be disappointed! Lucy is one of the best movies I have seen in a decade. It is science fiction that is packed with action, spectacular visuals, and of course Scarlett Johansson. It is not so much a movie about accessing more of our brain power as much as it is about using what we already have to awaken to the wonders that we overlook. If you are a Scarlett Johansson fan http://VineSnap.NET/#scarlettjohansson I’d like to watch it again, and can’t wait for my own copy.
Roger Griffith on Jul 25, 2014
I have to say it was only slightly entertaining and I left the cinema feeling very underwhelmed. The film has some very bold and dynamic aspects in terms of the story that are never fully flushed out and explored. Lucy only scratches the surface on what it could have been.
cg on Jul 25, 2014
I went and saw it Thursday. Scientifically accurate? No way! A nice time to turn off my brain and enjoy the sight of Scarlett and hearing Morgan speak, and a damn fine chase scene, along with a few other nice visuals, you got it! Certainly what I needed. Yeah, character development could have been a little bit better, but the pace of the movie made that a bit impractical. I enjoyed it.
Bryan "bytehead" Price on Jul 26, 2014
Meh, ScarJo is strange looking.
cobrazombie on Jul 27, 2014
Saw it last night. Story was fine...nothing earth shattering or too surprising. Effects were top notch though! I really enjoyed the intercutting of scenes from nature to help stimulate the story line. Some of the space scenery was the best I've seen. Guess my biggest gripe was if Lucy had become so powerful at the end, why did she need the French cops to "hold off" the bad guys? Why didn't she just incapacitate them at will before she started "concentrating"...oh well, won't let that ruin an otherwise very entertaining flick.
Gohikeone on Jul 27, 2014
ScarJo said earlier that she had needed him around as a reminder, presumably of her own humanity. I think her request was an expression of humility and humanity, despite her "rationale" loss of concern for pain, fear and whatever other trait that Besson tells us is holding us back. It's also a reminder that imperfect humanity can still contribute, and that omnipotence can tolerate imperfection. Just look at Q of ST:TNG and his non-trivial excursions with any favorite ST captain.
James Chan on Jan 24, 2015
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