Photo taken by Mary Boag, Lucy available on Netflix


“We humans are more concerned with having than being.”

If you appreciate Scarlett Johansson even slightly as much as I do then you will love this film. Lucy was released in 2014 and is regrettably one of those films that I never bothered to watch until now; despite being told many good things about it since it’s release.

The film follows the journey of the main character Lucy, who is forced into carrying a bag of ‘CPH4’ drugs inside her stomach as part of an illegal drug experiment led by the villain of the story, Mr.Jang. Meanwhile, Morgan Freeman who plays a professor educates us that humans only use 10% of their brain. We then find out that the drugs in Lucy’s body are helping her access more parts of her brain. We see changes in her abilities as she accesses 20%, then 40% and so on.. When she meets with Professor Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman) we realise she will no longer be able to exist as a human once she reaches 100%.

The film is described as an action, sci-fi thriller, which it definitely is. It only takes a couple of minutes for the story to suddenly get dramatic and exciting, which pretty much lasts throughout the entire film.

Lucy is such an empowering character. She is so cool – to put it simply. Scarlett Johansson does an amazing job of playing such a fierce and powerful woman, even though she is only capable of acting like this because of the drugs it is still fascinating to watch.

I’ve seen many reviews harshly hating on ‘Lucy‘ because it has been proven that humans actually can and do access more than 10% of their brain, but I think this argument to rate the film poorly is so silly. Since when do films like this need to be realistic to be enjoyable? Transformers, the Avengers and basically all superhero films are unrealistic but they’re still worth watching.

There wasn’t much about the film that I didn’t like, although it can be very graphic and violent in some scenes which I should warn you about.

One of my favourite scenes is very near the end: we see Lucy sitting in the middle of Times Square, New York and then watch as she travels back in time sitting in the same spot, we see the transformation of New York city from where it all began as she travels from current day all the way back to the age of the dinosaurs..But is she really time traveling? Or is she living through the memories of all the data she has consumed?.. I urge you to watch it and see what you think, as I’d say this part of the film alone is worth a watch – it’s that good.

Thanks for reading! You can watch the trailer for Lucy here, and remember it is available on Netflix and DVD.

A Street Cat Named Bob

photo-29-11-2016-21-50-40A Street Cat Named Bob

I understand that not everyone reading this will be a cat lover, but don’t let that put you off. The story is really about James, a recovering drug addict and busker living on the streets of London – until his support worker, Val finds him a place to stay. It doesn’t take long before James finds an uninvited guest in his new home, Bob – a confident, ginger Tabby cat – who climbs through his kitchen window during the night and then never leaves.

James makes several attempts to find Bob’s original owner and return him but luckily is unsuccessful. While doing this he befriends Betty, a neighbour and animal rights activist who volunteers at a local vet; which comes in handy. From here on we watch their relationship grow and it becomes clear that the pair belong together.

Throughout the film, James struggles with his drug addiction – his road to recovery is the main plot of the story. He jeopardises his relationship with Betty by not telling her he has been involved with drugs. His dad’s new family don’t want him in their life due to his addiction, and he nearly loses his home by failing to keep up with the recovery program. Things seriously begin to change when Baz, an old friend James met while living on the streets tragically dies due to an overdose. This helps James realise he desperately wants to get clean and live a good life.

The film captures drugs in a very realistic way which I like because it helps us understand the story better than if they were to sugarcoat the issue. It shows us the harsh reality of homelessness and drug addiction and teaches us that people in James’ situation need help. Not everyone is lucky enough to be saved by a character like Bob, so it is important for films to raise awareness of these topics.

Although A Street Cat Named Bob was not a hugely popular film internationally, I still found it important to feature it on my blog as it brings awareness to many issues which are often overlooked in today’s society. I recommend this film to everyone reading – and especially to cat lovers because Bob (played by the real Bob) is so cute.

The official trailer for A Street Cat Named Bob can be watched here.

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