493. Lucy

Background info

493-lucyTitle: Lucy
Director: Luc Besson
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 39m

“From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.”

Live blog

2:37 – Don’t trust anyone who says “You trust me, don’t you?”
7:00 – What a situation to find yourself in. And really could happen, anyone could put a suitcase on your wrist, I guess.
12:28 – Dyson gadget in the background. So covet that.
16:13 – Yea, Morgan Freeman! One of those who just lights up the screen.
20:06 – Can’t believe I didn’t know Julian R-T was in this. Great cast so far.
22:19 – Immortality vs reproduction. I know which I choose.
28:10 – “100%? I’ve no idea.”
39:03 – Nice sequence with the classical music on top.
41:31 – Oh, Paris.
44:48 – “I’m colonising my own brain.”
47:12 – I would very much like to have Morgan available to call for a bit of wisdom occasionally.
49:43 – French man saying “capsule” is cute.
56:56 – She knocked out a room of people by lifting a hand. That’s epic power.
59:48 – Peugeot police car.
1:02:12 – Poor local police. Every time!
1:07:45 – “She’s a witch.”
1:09:54 – Time is the key to everything. Thus time travel is the best. That’s my maths, anyway.
1:21:52 – She went all that way to 100% and all we got was this lousy USB stick.
1:22:50 – “…Now you know what to do with it.” Uh…. back up regularly?

Conclusions

This felt very much like watching Transcendence – a unique idea that had to be handled correctly to get the best out of it. Transcendence almost managed it, going a bit wonky only towards the end. Lucy went wrong almost from the very start. Aside from the fact that the science is a myth, and thus the whole premise is a bit off, there’s not an awful lot going on in the film.

Scarlett doesn’t have a lot to work with, transformed almost immediately into some kind of robotic, emotionless other-worldly being. Morgan Freeman is his usual excellent self but doesn’t really fit into the story easily.

I like that it ramped up, with the percentage increasing, and quite liked some of the effects, but ultimately it didn’t make a lot of sense and just wasn’t very interesting.

Rating: 1/5.

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