Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Min-sik Choi
Studio: Universal

“Lucy” is a drug mule. Let’s back that up for a bit. Lucy is a young woman grabbed Korean gangsters and stuffed full of a drug that is synthesized from material that mothers pass to their babies in vitro. Lucy starts to develop super powers like Chev Chelios, as she destroys Korean gangsters and goes to Morgan Freeman for her people. Most of the movie, Morgan Freeman is doing his best Charles Gray as he plays a windbag academic. That doesn’t take away from Lucy smashing heads and increasing the percentage on her brain power. “Leon” was 20 years ago, folks. This is what Besson does now.

The tagline for this movie still makes me want to cringe. Everything that comes out of Morgan Freeman’s mouth as he explains it away should be followed with an apology to the medical and educational professions. What’s weirder is Besson’s demands to insert stock footage of random animals like he’s trying to make a fan-edit of a Nine Inch Nails video. There’s almost no subtext in the movie, as Besson desperately wants the audience to get every single point that is being made. Pfft, I thought “Limitless” was dumbing it down for the matinee crowds. “Lucy” is taking it to another level.

What irks me about the film is that there is an interesting concept at play. However, the attempt to make everything hyperkinetic while playing to a 10 year old’s understanding of neuro science is incredibly troubling. I’m not saying that we’re getting a terrible movie on purpose. I just believe that Besson does better when he moves away from middlin’ concepts and starts tackling movies that are about emotional integrity and violence. Since this is a review of a Luc Besson movie, I’m obligated by tradition to say something bad about “The Fifth Element”. Ruby Rhod was the only well-rounded character in the movie.


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