UK Release Date: 22nd August 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Synopsis: A woman is unwillingly used as a drug mule and is given an array of mental powers.
Rating: 3 stars.
Warning this Review may contain Mild Spoilers.
Ok, so this is a good film, don’t let me convince you it’s not. This is all just nitpicking, but still over time these things can build up. That being said I’m sure this is a film that you would pick up more each time you watch it. But the biggest problem with this film. the run-time. It was just too short, I was left wanting more. Every scene was carefully crafted and well directed, but there was very little connective tissue between each scene.
Before I start with the spoiler teritory, the action scenes are well choriographed, and the chase scene in the second act, is truley spectactular. There is no other word for it. The only problem is I’d have liked to have seen something else inbetween. I’d really have liked to have seen more of Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), devloping her powers, learning how to use each one.
Now on to the spoilers. So If you don’t want spoilers, stop here go watch the film. It’s good.
Now here is where the film falls down, a lot of the plot still needed to be explained in my opinion. It’s starts off with a guy, who has been dating Lucy, who is being paid to deliver a breifcase full of drugs. Telling her it’s just paper works he asks Lucy to deliver it for him. Reluctant she is eventually coersed in to preforming the job, by said guy handcuffing the briefcase to her. Now I have to ask why is he so reluctant? Does he know what’s in the case? Was he asked to deliver a woman? It’s never really said.
This is followed by a very tence, well delivered scene involving a tele-interpriter, a gun and bomb disposal gear. Lucy undergoes surgey and has the new designer drugs placed in her lower abdomin. After being given a plane ticket, she is taken away, I assume a holding cell to wait for her flight, I feel I may have missed somethign here.
After refusing the first sexual advances of her captors, the beat her and repeatedly kick her in the stomach. Now this part definatly needed something else to it. You see, do you know what they look out for when looking for drug smugglers? It’s looking for a person who walks stiffy, doesnt eat or drink, sitting very still trying not to move. They do this to try and prevent bursting any condoms, containing drugs. So why do would you kick your mule in the stomach? I feel more needed to be made of that.
So after developing her powers and realizing knowledge that could revolutionist mankind, Lucy decides the best think to do is pass on her knowledge to the human race, via neuroscience (Morgan Freeman). A scientist who has developed many theories on the capabilities of humankind if they could unlock the full potential of the human brain. A quick aside here, the whole humans only use 10% of their brain is untrue and often overused in Sci-Fi but it works here and is well done. Mostly the increasing numbers are just a way to mark the passage of time and the growth of Lucy’s powers.
This all climaxes in a very dramatic shoot out, very nicely juxtaposed with the scientific conversation going on with Lucy and Morgan Freeman with his Scientist buddies. If there is a problem though, as is often the case with films like this, I wish I had seen more of the fallout, I want to know how Lucy’s information revolutionized the world. but then maybe that’s just me.
when all is said and done, this was a good film and well worth a watch for people who haven’t seen it and a re-watch for the people who have.
I would defiantly recommend it.
A solid 3 stars.