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I really wanted to like this movie; the trailers had me hooked, even though I know that the "90% of your brain" cliché is completely false and annoying. (It's like how we very thoroughly know by now that radiation doesn't give you superpowers, but I still like the Incredible Hulk; the origin story for his powers is nonsense, but I can just ignore that and enjoy him, the same way I can enjoy the X-Men, where superpowers just randomly exist and don't require an origin story.) Sadly, however, "Lucy" is an absolutely terrible film, with only a couple of interesting moments. I believe it was this movie which cemented my current opinion of Scarlett Johannsen, since thoroughly reinforced by her role in the various Marvel movies, that she is an audience-avatar performer who doesn't even try to actually act, basically the female equivalent of Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix" - not truly a character, but just a vehicle for the viewer to imagine themselves as, with no personality traits that might conflict with the viewer's own and thereby ruin this immersion (as an aside, this is largely irrelevant of the viewer's actual gender; I'm as manly a man as you'll find outside the Navy Seals, but I have no problem enjoying a movie with ScarJo as its lead, assuming that movie is actualy good, unlike this one). With a well-established character like Black Widow, such an approach works perfectly well; here, it fails utterly, because the movie around her doesn't give her anything worth doing.
not anywhere close to real science or even sc-fi. this is fantasy. visually appealing, action, with two cool actors. it's worth watching one time if you don't take it seriously.
Not everything in the movie is realistic, but it's entertaining and exciting, and best of all, the movie makes you THINK!
Excellent movie/story that should make you question everything being 'taught' in our current stone age yet to be civllization. Question more and breathe deeply. Just contemplate all of it.
The underworld of drug transportation through people. This movie bloody and violent that seems quite believable.
More Hollywood, via Paris (Bresson). Thoroughly mediocre but has required number of JPM's (industry term: Jolts per Minute).
Like the Matrix series- killer premise, pedestrian bang-bang-kiss-kiss execution. (Matrix was particularly illustrative of that: the matrix being a fabulous metaphor for culture, ones opinions, worldview.)
Scarlett Johanssen seems to be the new Summer Glau. She's getting the killer babe scifi parts. And Kate Beckinstall gets the vampire bombshell parts (Ironic 'progress' isn't it- women are ever so gradually being included as more than arm candy etc., but only as honorary men, violent superheros with boobs!).
Why do i mention it at all if i yawn at it? Because, however Mickey Mouse its Big ideas*, it may incur thought. Its Big Ideas are just window dressing, but nothing says you have to obsess on the Punch and Judy show going on through the window.
So it may stimulate thought, which is far more than non-SF movies do.
It ain't The Arrival tho.
*a real howler of a quote: Lucy reassures a scientist that, "Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge." Oh really- funny then that with Big Science/Technology being the dominant force in humanity, and us accelerating towards total chaos/extinction, how more knowledge, more science will, somehow. save us. Dying of alcoholism? The cure is to drink more. Brought to you by Brewers of America, research wing.
A disappointing movie, to say the least. The first 15 minutes or so give the impression of a story-based film, but it soon deteriorates into just another over-the-top special effects/CGI shoot-em-up: superhero-type fights, high-wreckage car chases, loads of inept bad-guys, shoot-outs, and even a rocket-launcher in a hospital... People die by the dozen in Lucy's wake; death and destruction rain down upon Paris as the drug-lords try to reclaim their goods. Ok, Lucy is exposed to a synthetic drug that lets her use more of her brain-power. But this, inexplicably, turns her into an indestructible, mind-reading, physics-altering, super-human. She can shape-shift, she can control any device from anywhere, she can turn off gravity, she can control people's minds, she assimilates the internet. Could it get any more ridiculous, or any less plausible? Luc! Luc! What happened to story-telling? One star for Scarlett Johansson, who does a pretty good job making her character at least watchable.
Rated 5/10. What started as an extremely cheesy movie, and seemed to be destined for a '1', actually turned itself around and was surprisingly okay.
About a third of the way through, the show became somewhat thought provoking.
It could have been a lot better if it wasn't a shoot-em-up. That detracted from the part about man's brain capacity.
Also, someone else should have been casted in Johansson's role. Her range of acting skills is quite limited, in my opinion.
I think this movie definitely deserves a 5/5 rating because out of all the movies I have seen in my life, this was one of the best movies I have watched. The main actor in this movie is Scarlett Johanson, and she is a really famous actress, who is also known as black widow from marvel movies. This movie is about a girl named Lucy, who gets involved in with the mafia because of her boyfriend. They put some drugs in her body systems to see what will happen, and something that they would have never imagined happened. Lucy became something that is beyond humanities control. We are always told that we only 10% of our brain capacity, and have done so much with that percent for example; cars, phones, airplanes and much more, but what will happen when Lucy reaches the brain capacity of 100%. This movie is really interesting, and we get to see what kind of things will happen if we use “100%” of our brain. This movie definitely deserves 5/5 stars. @bluesky of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I think many people won't get what this story is about, hence the lower reviews. It's about being able to bend space and time, an incredible journey into the limitation of physics and raw human ability. It's a delightful experience too because she does so much with her powers. It should get points off though for wasting Morgan Freeman in this movie. He should have had a bigger role than he did.
The movie starts wonderfully: lots of suspense, good acting, fun villains. Then the director ruins it all by plot holes. First we learn that Lucy is all-poweful. Then what is the point of all the bad guys? Then we learn - SPOILER ALERT - that she will not survive. Then where is the interest in her fate? And why was such a poweful substance transported to three different places? Surely not to sell on the streets. Still, as many people comment, the action is great.
This movie is a plothole nightmare. LUCY is built upon a lie from the get-go, the idea that human beings only use ten percent of the brains, and thus it's forced to make up neurobiological phenomena as the running time ticks on. And for all of its flaws, of which there are many, I still enjoyed it. It's inconceivable. I complained and whined, finding myself saying, "Oh, c'mon, now she magically knows a foreign language," or, "Okay, now she can fly?!" And yet, I still -- still! -- enjoyed watching it. So whatever. I guess I recommend LUCY.
There's an old Bill Hicks joke (paraphrasing): Adam and Eve are in the garden of Eden. Adam turns to Eve and says "Look at all of this. We're in a tropical paradise filled with delicious food and tamed, exotic animals, we have no concept of hunger, disease, discomfort or fear, and all of our greatest dreams and wishes come true the instant we think of them." Eve turns to Adam and says "Yea, its....just not enough, is it?"
The fact that this is the type of film that people want to see, the type of gobbildy goop that people want to believe, says quite a lot about the state of the world. The fact that this is not based on real science, which all dates back to the snake oil types misquoting William James all those years ago, doesn't really bother me. The excuse is "Its just a movie." However that doesn't excuse the fact that people still want to believe it. Legit neorealism (and NOT self-absorbed, shallow mumblecore bs), desperately needs a comeback.
The comments below run from some thing to nothing. It's a new take on movie making and it seems that each person interested in some new stuff may want to take a look see.
I myself liked it for it's a new take on an old story.
Science-fantasy shoot-em-up hokum, but it's brisk, and Scarlett Johansson is credible—and looks nice.
Fascinating concept -- the utilization of a greater percentage of the human brain. The super powers were amusing, but filmmakers have to feed the masses.
Honesty I think its Besson's best work since The Professional. I was starting to think he was a one hit wonder. This film is nice and kind of low key for him. The action is kept to a minimum (for a Besson film) its filmed well. He does what he does best which is give you something nice to look at and a minimum of story to worry about.
As previous European or Asian friends would have remarked, only the scientifically-illiterate American could take a pile of drivel like this seriously!
It starts off with the most fallacious of premises - - humans ONLY use 10% of their brains - - a story written by some half-witted newsy many years back, in order to make a deadline, with absolutely no basis in fact, nor has there ever been an iota of fact leading to such a farcical conclusion!
Easy to see why Americans keep electing Wall Street lackeys to the White House, and can never perform the simplest in analytical reasoning.
it's a wonderful movie, ignore all the negative comments. This is an intellectually challenging movie which speculates about human potential and evolution. yes it is a fantasy not well grounded in facts, but that shouldn't make it any less enjoyable or interesting. It's a 'what if' exploration, which requires cognition at a level that, sadly, a surprising number of people are unable to achieve, thus the large number of negative reviews by those unable to comprehend what this movie is actually about. also if you are hyper religious you should skip this as you will find plenty to contradict and offend your (stone age) beliefs. it is however rather violent, so if that bothers you then skip it. but the violence is no worse than any other Hollywood fare and does not dwell on it or glorify it.
I truly believe that this is one of the best psychological films I've seen in forever. I am 62 years old and have been a sci-fi fan all my adult life. This is one of the best I've seen in a long time!