Movie Review: Lucy

Sci Fi - Women Warrior  Wallpaper  Hello all, and welcome to my movie review for Lucy!

Lucy (2014) DVD Release Date  Starring: Scarlett Johansson (Lucy), Morgan Freeman (Professor Norman), Min-sik Choi (Mr. Jang), Amr Waked (Pierre Del Rio)

Plot (taken from IMDb):

“A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.”

Trailer:

Characters:

Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) – Totally. Badass. There is no other way to describe her. I also think the contrast between who she was before vs who she becomes is really interesting.

Morgan Freeman (Professor Norman) – I always love this actor. 🙂 He plays a very thoughtful, intelligent character.

Choi Min-sik (Mr. Jang) – This guy makes an awesome villain. The character he plays has just the right amount of sleazy and the scary kind of powerful. He seems unstoppable.

Amr Waked (Pierre Del Rio) – I liked this character for his calm acceptance of Lucy, and the fact that he seemed to help ground her, and remind her of her humanity.

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Review:

From start to finish, this one was really well thought out. All the little clips in the beginning, as you’re seeing a glimpse of who Lucy was before everything gets crazy, made for a really interesting set up.

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The way they showed Lucy evolving was both amazing and scary at the same time. As soon as the drug entered her system, it changed her in nearly every way.

I loved the different abilities she gained as she began using more and more of her brain. She was extremely efficient in everything she did, and she seemed fearless. Even pain was something she could analyze and break down, like data that could only effect her if she let it.

What I didn’t love was what her evolution did to her personality. It was like the emotion was sucked right out of her. And it happened so quickly, swallowing up who she used to be, that it made it hard to relate to her.

I get why they went that direction, but it definitely left a distance between the character and how much I could have cared for her. I feel like if she’d had just a few more instances of the old Lucy showing through, I could have sympathized with her more.

Every interaction she had with another person was distant. Detached. I don’t think it was that she didn’t care, I just think she skipped all the emotion that goes with caring and went right to the solution to the problem. Like a machine, pretty much.

This was concerning. I had flashes of other sci-fi movies where this happened.

Not such good times.

Did I mention the badassery though?

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She really didn’t have to fight hand to hand, and still managed to be terrifying. This was both awesome, giving me all kinds of geeky happiness, and worrying at the same time. The longer I watched, and the more she evolved, I kept going back to my original thought when I saw the trailer – the smarter she gets, the less human she seems. And not in an interesting, superhero kinda way. More in the explodey-humanity-is-its-own-disease-so-I-must-kill-you-all-to-make-you-better kinda way.

Did it turn out as I feared?

Lol, I will at least say that I’m not inducting another movie title into my cuss word hall of fame, so that’s a plus. 🙂

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My rating for Lucy: Not Bad – This movie is a mixed bag of awesome and mind-bending. I enjoyed the way the plot unfolded, and where they chose to go with it, but it’s not my kind of movie. It has a lot of really cool sci-fi elements though, and is over-all really well done. I’d say check this one out if you like movies like The Matrix.

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My Rating System:

Epic: This movie is so mind-bogglingly awesome that I may go see it twice. This one will have a place of honor on my shelf.

Cash-Worthy: Good stuff. This will most likely find a place on my shelf.

Not Bad: I liked it. I’m glad I saw it, and it may or may not end up on my shelf at some point. I would say rent it first to be safe.

Meh: Rent it first. You may love it or hate it, but I’m indifferent probably because it’s not my type of movie. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t end up on my shelf.

Emergency Cake: I have an emotional reaction to movies sometimes, especially to tragedies. If a movie makes me sad or angry, sometimes it will stick with me for a while. At these times, only chocolate cake can save me. Chocolate cake makes everything better. No shelf for you. Ever.

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9 thoughts on “Movie Review: Lucy

  1. disperser says:

    I watched it on the cruise . . . the rational me could not get past the 10% of our brain malarkey, but for the moments when I did, I did enjoy the movie.

    However, like many of these movies, the ending lacked. Basically, she becomes a god character, complete with a hands off approach going forward. It’s not clear where she went, either. I suppose she became part of the fabric of the universe.

    Presuming she gave the information to humans to do the same, the human population will eventually wipe itself out by either unleashing tremendous powers on each other, or absorb themselves into the cosmos.

    I liked the action, although her abilities were often inconsistently applied.

    Not something I’d watch again, but like you said, not bad.

    • paigeaddams says:

      Yeah, I definitely agree about the end. It just kind of fizzled out for some reason. Maybe it felt a little rushed? Or maybe it’s just that I had such a hard time relating to her character by the end that I wasn’t emotionally involved enough?

      I feel like it’s a real shame too, because it had such an interesting premise, and the action was pretty awesome. I wish they had done more with the ending – lol, or maybe just done something else with it entirely.

    • disperser says:

      I get the metaphor (infinite power of the mind, infinite power of man) but they didn’t handle it well. I think the 100% bit is where it fell apart . . . they built each increment as ever so powerful. I suppose one could assume 100% transcends reality, and one just moves on to another dimension . . . of course, they now the chemical to have everyone do the same thing.

      . . . maybe all the jerks will leave, and go bother other dimensional realms.

  2. jamilajj says:

    I watched this movie too and I REALLY enjoyed it. But I completely agree with what you were saying about her not showing emotion after she gained more powers. That ruined the movie for me. And I hated the way she just started killing people!

    • paigeaddams says:

      Agreed – once the killing sprees started, that’s where the loss of her humanity was really showing. I did really enjoy the whole concept of the movie over all though. 😀

    • disperser says:

      No, no, that was fine . . . I wanted more killing and less philosophizing.

      In fact, that’s where the movie fell flat. People died because she did not take care of the bad guys. A convenient if unrealistic plot detail. She knew they were bad guys, and they were trying to kill her, and she just let them stand there . . . very Batman of her.

      Had she killed them there would not have been a final confrontation . . . and so a bunch of innocent people died.

      • paigeaddams says:

        Lol, good point – killing the main bad guy when she had the chance (in the knife scene) would have saved other people’s lives. I guess, now that I think of it, with her turning more into a logical kind of machine, and losing her emotional attachments, why didn’t she decide to eliminate the threat right away, as a machine probably would?

      • disperser says:

        Like I said; a convenient plot point. Plus, during the hospital scene, as she was transforming into god, she could have taken a couple of nanoseconds and wiped out all of the bad guys, again, saving lives.

        I liked the movie as far as the premise. But those points kind of soured the ending for me.

        On the other hand (and this is, I know, a cheap jab), like most gods she was more concerned with pontificating rather than actually helping.

      • paigeaddams says:

        Lol, oh yeah! I forgot about that! XD I guess she did have a couple chances to wipe them out. Lol, I think you’re right – convenient plot point. Killing them so quickly would have left them with Lucy losing her humanity as the main conflict then, and I’m not sure that would have been as dramatic without some outside influence causing chaos around her at the same time.

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