“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.