DIRECTOR: Luc Besson
May Contains Spoilers
When I first saw the trailer for Lucy I thought Luc Besson, fast paced sci-fi action chase movie about a young woman, Scarlet Johanson, so has been given a drug allowing her to use 100% of her brain, rather the usual 10%. It’s metacritic scores were average at about 6.4 in IMDB, for example and I wasn’t holding out too much hope.
But was I wrong. This is a surprisingly well interpreted science fiction film and granted, there is plenty of action but there is also a strong thesis being delivered by Besson on the possibilities of freeing up the brain’s and in turn, humanities potential. Morgan Freeman is discussing the human brain’s capacity and theorising of its potential throughout and even though this is either pure fiction of based on science, Freeman adds enough gravitas and Besson directs him and all the cast with enough integrity to make this all to believable.
Johanson is brilliant, delivering one of her best performances to date in my opinion, especially in the gruesome opening act, which sets out its stall from the get go as to how violent and bloody this movie is going to be. But it manages to take us from Shanghai to Paris, New York to the dawn of time and the ending is in the same sphere as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), leaving a lot open to interpretation as well as plenty to talk about as the credits role.
Short and sweet, clear and complex, this looks like a normal chase movie but ends up being much more. A real gem and an underrated one from I can see.