An involuntary drug mule, with a surgically implanted cargo, is assaulted causing the package to leak. This leads to her slowly ramping up the percentage of her brain she can use, resulting in abilities people dream about.
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Scarlett Johannsen's third performance as something-other-than-human firmly establishes her as the Queen of Science Fiction Cinema. Expressionless? Emotionless? It's a style that surpasses the "nobody's home school of acting". I am awarding her a genuine zirconium tiara.
Not a lot new going on here, although plenty of moments to enjoy, despite slogging through quite a lot of re-hashed science-fiction ideas. Amr Waked is great but not given much to do. "Lucy" wants to be everything at the same time, and simply fails to be itself.
At times I felt like I was watching several movies spliced into one, including a "Tree of Life"-esque exploration into the origins of life; your standard Luc Besson action flick with a fetish for Hong Kong cinema; and whatever film Morgan Freeman was starring in. None of these threads ever cohere into a satisfying narrative, with Besson apparently content to deliver another dopey and underwhelming genre exercise.
Making a genre film using superhero tropes is a brilliant idea, but the execution here is a bit too... Besson. Scarlett Johansson looks like she's having a blast, and the trippy sequences toward the end hint at what could have been an interesting film, but the B-movie shenanigans - not to mention the amateurishly gaping plot holes - consign it to the "mildly entertaining" pile.
Everything productive in our blockbusters has been leading here. Exhibit A re: what it means to conceptualize the post-human right now. Imagine if Besson had handed this material over to fellow countryman Gaspar Noé! What would seem to be a major flaw is in fact not: I am pleased that Scarlett Johansson has gone back to being, after a brief and unaccountable hiatus, delightfully godawful! Minority position. Again.
Without having high expectations for this, and throwing it on casually during a flight, I was pleasantly surprised - in fact, I really enjoyed it. The content is pseudo-scientific, rather, more along the lines of myth and atheist blogger wet dreams, and is riddled with holes and problems. But, there is a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride here all the same. As a unashamed fan of Scarlet, she's nice to look at too.
I like Scarlett Johansson, and she's good here, but the story is lacklustre. Early scenes intercutting with world and nature footage works ok, and in general I like the idea of using it to show feelings and symbolism, but the movie goes on and while it's not a bore, it's not great.
That's très heavy, Luc. We should all probably go to bed now cuz it's 6 in the morning and I dunno about you guys but I intend to do some actual real functional person-in-the-world shit tomorrow, but I'd be glad to talk more about this swooshy cosmic ladybrain business at breakfast, if you remember any of it.