French director Luc Besson loves strong women. He’s made a career of female action figures: “La Femme Nikita” and “The Fifth Element”, among them. “Lucy” is his most fierce creation to date. And Scarlett Johansson is the perfect choice to play her.
Lucy (we never learn her last name) is a student in Taipei having a 2 week old romance with a shady character when she becomes an unwilling drug mule, carrying a synthetic substance that gives her superhuman powers, expanding her brainpower til it literally blows her mind.. Morgan Freeman is the only academician in the world who fully understands what’s happening to her.
What a fun kick-ass movie! It’s not just what Lucy does with her brain-kicking butt as she pursues the kingpin who did this to her, it’s a visually stylish film. Yeah- there are some holes in the plot- like why does Lucy need to ramp up her brain power to 100% when she can keep the bad Chinese gangsters away with just a wave of her arm??? But that would blow the whole premise of the movie- which is what would happen if we could use 100% of our brains, when we now use just 3 to 5%.
Unlike the 2 hour plus thrillers of the summer, “Lucy” gets it all done in just under 90 minutes , withouit those pesky 3-D glasses !! You don’t even need to use even 1% of your brain power to love “Lucy”.