LUCY Movie Review, A Fun Johansson Flick

LUCY movie review, starring Scarlett Johansson

Lucy is the story about a girl in the wrong place at the wrong time. The film is directed by Luc Besson, the man behind films like The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita, Taken, The Transporter and quite a few more.

If you've even seen the film or TV series called Limitless, this goes way, way beyond that.

Played by everyone's favorite Avenger, Scarlett Johansson, Lucy gets tricked into delivering a package to a drug dealer by her scum bucket boyfriend. But she gets sent into a bad deal and she ends up becoming a drug mule with a bag of a new designer drug sewn into her belly.

Like I said, bad deal.

When she ends up at her delivery destination, the thugs who were planning on taking the bag out of her end up beating her up and break the bag inside her.

But this new designer drug leaks out of its bag and interacts with her body and changes her brain. For the better.

During the opening of Lucy's predicament, we switch back and forth between her location and a college lecture being given by a professor Samuel Norman, played by Morgan Freeman.

This lecture is about evolution and our use of our brains, and how we tend to use around 5% of it. Anything beyond can create massive amounts of skills and powers, like when the dolphin uses much more of its brain than we do, and it developed its active sonar pinging system.

As Lucy starts to instantly evolve from the absorption of the drug, she starts to take over her brain, her local envionment and quickly exacts revenge on her captors and the men who put her there.

At this point, the story becomes a classic, feel good tale of a girl with fantastic powers doing good for the world, and the time she has left.

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To be honest I was not expecting much but a popcorn fun kind of action flick starring the hotness of Johanssen.

What I got going in the story, I did not expect a story that took the time to explain plot points in such a way that kept the story more grounded than I expected.

The story has elements of the fantastic that you would only find in a good fantasy/sci-fi flick, but when combined with the journey Lucy goes on, plus her conflict with the bad guys who think they want to exact revenge on her for what she did when she escaped from their clutches.

The story gets a little heady as she controls the time around her... (she got some serious powers!) but to watch Scarlett with that curious head tilt of hers and steady, smooth voice deliver her character brings us all to the reality that is the basis of the story.

If you're a fan of Johansson's, I think you'll love her in this film as we get dabs of sexy, smart and intuitive, but nothing to over-the-top in these categories. She leaves you wanting more of that which we love.

Morgan Freeman brings his usual presence of grounded intelligence to the film, and the rest of the cast fulfills their roles as perfectly expected.

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Despite the fanciful realm the story goes into, you're not always sure where the story will go and the trip is engaging.

Without saying too much about the story, the tale does go in the inevitable direction I thought it might and the ending left me hoping for more. But not in a bad way. Again, leaving me wanting more.

But I'm glad I caught Lucy and added it to my wealth of film world experiences. I think had I dropped bucks on seeing it in the theater, I would not have been disappointed. I think it could be a worthy rental, and if you're a fan of Johansson's, this would be a worthy addition to your collection.

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