Luc Besson has always been a director that gave us something different in his films. He brought us a totally creepy, but often sweet tale of a hit man and his young female apprentice in The Professional. Besson turned the world of Sci-Fi upside down in the colorful and sometimes comical The Fifth Element. This time around the director is taking a run at the world of super-powered individuals in Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson. Did you notice I didn’t use the word superhero?
Even though Besson’s new film, Lucy is being presented as an R-rated original superhero movie through its marketing campaign, the film is the farthest thing from a hero story. It’s not even an anti-hero story like The Punisher. Lucy is more about what an individual would do if they gained infinite power and how they would adapt to it. The evolution has nothing to do with protecting humanity. The directive of Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson) is to evolve by raising her total brain usage from 10% to 100%. She has no intentions of donning on a mask and cape.
Lucy also shows the cost of losing your humanity from these powers with another in a long line of strong performances from Scarlett Johansson. Just like in Under The Skin earlier this year, you can see the look of wonder, confusion and discovery in Johansson’s eyes as her powers rise. The audience can see her moving further and further away from her human sides well. Besides the stellar acting, Johansson also kicks butt on-screen proving she is not only one of the best actresses working today – she is also one of Hollywood’s leading female action stars along with The Hunger Game‘s, Jennifer Lawrence.
I will give you a disclaimer if you’re heading to see Lucy: Besson’s work was a unique movie experience that was action packed and thought-provoking about the mysteries of the brain. That being said Lucy will not be for everyone. There are crazy visuals of primates and Jellyfish that reminded me of scenes that would be in 2001: A Space Odyssey or Natural Born Killers. Some fans looking for a shoot ’em up superhero flick could be disappointed when they’re asked to go into deep thought about the workings of your brain and how it connects to everything in the universe.
I’m used to something completely different when it comes to director Luc Besson’ work, so I had a feeling this film venture would be unconventional. This is the reason I would totally recommend Lucy for movie goers looking for an uncommon film experience this summer. If you liked Transformers: Age of Extinction, first, shame on you and second, skip Lucy. This won’t be the type of film you would enjoy.
Overall, I give Lucy 3 out of 4 stars.
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