Movie Review: Lucy


Cary, NC — Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman kidnapped in Taiwan with the intent of being used a drug mule. The drug in question just so happens to give humans the ability to use 100% of their brains capacity, and through a series of unfortunate events, Lucy gets a heavy dose of the drug released inside her and soon has power beyond her wildest dreams.

Over The Top Fun

If that premise sounds bonkers to you, you aren’t alone, as Lucy really is 100% bonkers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun. This movie refuses to follow logic of any kind, despite taking place in what seems to be the real world. As a result, I never knew where the movie was going from one minute to the next.

Johansson Is Great

Obviously, this is Scarlett’s movie through and through, and she handles herself as well as one can expect in a movie this absurd. I mean that as a compliment, by the way. She throws herself into it completely, and it’s because of her commitment that I was able to join the ride instead of dismiss it. Johansson has really come into her own as a performer these last few years, doing everything from action ( The Avengers, Captain America 2), to romantic comedy ( We Bought A Zoo, Don Jon) and even cerebral science fiction ( Under the Skin) and she has proven that she’s game to try just about anything.

The film also stars Morgan Freeman as a scientist who specializes on the brain that Lucy tracks down to gain knowledge on what is happening to her. Unfortunately Freeman doesn’t have much to do here and is only in about 10 minutes of the movie. It’s a shame the film wastes him, but a little Freeman is better than no Freeman.

The film’s director is none other than French filmmaker Luc Besson. If you hadn’t heard of him before I guarantee you’ve seen his movies. He directed The Professional and The Fifth Element, and produced both the Taken and Transporter movies as well. Honestly, those previous films should give you a better understanding of what Lucy is really like. All the films in question have a very European aesthetic to them, which is something I don’t think a lot of people are expecting from Lucy.

Director Besson refuses any kind of subtlety, so much so that he intercuts the moments of Lucy being tricked into her doomed fate with cheetahs stalking their prey and a mouse going for cheese on a mouse trap. It’s completely over the top and outrageous, and somehow the film manages to keep that audacity for the next 90 minutes.

Worth Seeing, Just Don’t Think About It Too Hard

Simply put, Lucy is a wild ride. Its starts off as a drug fueled thriller and turns into an insane science fiction meditation on humanity and the power of knowledge. Does it make any sense? No. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had a good time thanks to a committed Scarlett Johansson and director Luc Besson. Go ahead and have fun with Lucy, just don’t think about it too much.


Jordan Hunt covers the movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews.

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  1. Jordan Hunt
    Jordan Hunt says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    Unfortunately I won’t be reviewing A Most Wanted Man for the site, as I just found out last week that I’m moving to Kansas because my wife got a teaching position at the state university! So Lucy will actually be my last review for Cary Citizen. It’s been an absolute privilege to write for this site and I appreciate all the thoughts you guys have shared on the movies I talked about.

    I absolutely want to see A Most Wanted Man though, of course to see Hoffman’s final lead performance. I also really enjoyed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the last adaptation of a John le Carre novel. Glad to hear this one is enjoyable as well.

  2. Cynthia P. Barnett
    Cynthia P. Barnett says:

    Hey, Jordan…

    Are you going to review A Most Wanted Man? We found the layers of plotting and counter plotting fascinating. Of course, to see Philip Seymour Hoffman again is a privilege. One of his finest roles.

    We’re interested in your take.

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