New in theaters this week is “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson as the accidental carrier of a powerful new drug.
Lucy stumbles into a drug-ring in Taipei and ends up being a mule with narcotics surgically implanted in her. It doesn’t take long for the drugs to leak into her bloodstream and turn her into a superhuman. Lucy then turns the tables on her captors and goes on a rampage. She also reaches out to Morgan Freemans professor for assitance and the movie takes a philosophical turn. That’s also when it lost me.
Luc Besson directs “Lucy” and he has a pretty good track record of strong female characters after films like “The Fifth Element” and “La Femme Nikita.” Scarlett Johansson is certainly best when she’s beating down the bad guys, but then Morgan Freeman starts his lectures about mankind’s fixation on power and it gets confusing. There’s also a problem with the central idea this movie is based on, which is the belief that humans only use 10% of their brain. Lucy’s ability to use MORE of her brain opens a world of possibilities to her but science says we actually use most of our brain ALL the time. So where does that leave this movie?
“Lucy” has moments of being a really cool sci-fi flick with hints of everything from “The Matrix” to “2001: A Space Odyssey” but it gets bogged down with a muddled message and that’s why I’m giving it a C. Plus, I can buy Scarlett Johansson as a tough-chick with a vengeance but as a profound superhuman in a tight t-shirt? Not so much.