The film stars Scarlett Johansson as the title character, along with Morgan Freeman.
The movie received mixed-reviews from critics and audience-members but has already made twice its budget at the box-office, and still has a ways left before it leaves theaters.
I wanted to see this film for a number of reasons. For some reason, I think the biggest might have been the fact that Choi Min-sik did the role of the antagonist. Choi took the lead of Oldboy, and played the bad-guy in I Saw the Devil. For some reason or another, I was curious about seeing him in a predominantly English-speaking film.
I also realized how "on fire" Scarlett Johansson has been as of late in her roles. However, in the proceeding months after first seeing the trailers, I started to lose a lot of interest.
For starters, I always hated when individuals brought up the "we only access 10% of our brain" myth and try to apply it as fact. In-general, that annoys me, because it is complete bullshit and so many people believe that it's actually accurate. It isn't fair to hold that against the film though, since it's science-fiction, and it doesn't really matter if any of it can 'actually happen'. Nonetheless, I stopped myself from believing it'd be a tremendous film, and hoped that it'd be a fun and mindless one.
As you'd expect, the film follows Lucy, who has a new synthetic drug sewn into her abdomen. She is attacked by one of the guards, and basically, it leaks out into her stomach, and lo and behold, she has the opportunity to access more of her brain's cerebral capacity. The concept itself depends entirely too much on suspension of disbelief, and for what it's worth, I don't think that is the problem I had with this film.
Lucy doesn't have very much character development. In-fact, the film's beginnings don't seem to make any sense at all whatsoever. Her boyfriend has her handcuffed to a suitcase, she is attacked by a drug lord, and she has drugs implanted inside of her. This all seems to happen within the first ten or twenty minutes of the film. They never really establish any depth to Lucy after that, there's a scene where she calls her mother, but it fails at being anything except for awkward.
After that, we have the rest of the film, filled with nonsensical action-scenes and surrealistic visuals. In that area, the movie actually succeeds more often than it fails. With a modest budget of around $40 million dollars, (Hercules, which was released in the same week, was made with $100 million.) the film prevails with some very cool visuals. Most of them aren't involving Lucy, but are some that seem like they had no sense at all whatsoever of being in there, but that's beside the point.
The film never really kicks it into any gear as an action-film, as a science-fiction, or as anything at all whatsoever. For a lot of the time while watching, I am merely watching. I don't feel immersed, I don't feel caring, and I don't feel anything at all whatsoever.
Scarlett Johansson does perfectly well in the lead role, but the movie depends entirely too much off of her charm and energy to carry it.
I said before that I didn't have a problem with them working around a theory that makes absolutely no sense, but the time spent trying to explain it definitely left a lot to be desired. As if they lacked assurance in themselves, they seemed to afraid to accept what they are working with, and simply make a fun action flick. They spent so much time trying to talk intellectually and like there is this deep meaning behind it when we all know damn-well that there isn't.
I have never fallen asleep in the theater before. Every time that somebody brings something like that up, I always think, "No, I paid money for this!" However, I'd be lying if I didn't think about it once or twice while watching some aspects.
In conclusion, Lucy isn't laughably bad. I don't want for anybody to think that is what I am saying. It is simply a boring, well-budgeted action-film that fails to deliver more than it succeeds. Some of the moments in the film work, while other moments fail. It just so happens that the latter happens more often than the other.
Rating: Below Average