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Film Review: Lucy (2014)
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Lucy (2014). Written and directed by Luc Besson. The film is initially set three million years in the past, and presumably shows Lucy, the famous Australopithecus afarensis, drinking from a stream. In voiceover we hear that like was given to us a billion years ago, and asks what we have done with it. It then moves forward to present day where drugs courier Richard (Pilou Asbæk) is trying to persuade his girlfriend, Lucy (Scarlet Johansson), to deliver a briefcase for him. He ends the debate by cuffing the briefcase to her wrist, in turn forcing her to go to a hotel and ask for Mr. Jang. I thought Lucy was a mess. The film is initially intercut with wildlife footage, representing the situation at hand, but it feels clumsy and amateur. Besson then seems to give up on this - it probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Then we're given some pseudoscience from Morgan Freeman's character about how humans only use 15% of the brain, this being a core premise to the film, albeit complete nonsense. I could have forgiven this if they didn't labour it over and over, and if the rest of the film was any good. Sadly, for me, it wasn't. There's further scientific nonsense and ropey special effects, aside from the lacklustre story. Scarlet Johansson certainly feels wasted in the role. A good comparison would be Under My Skin, a science fiction story which utilises subtlety, originality, and Scarlet Johansson to much better effect. Perhaps it was no great surprise, as I don't think Besson's directed a decent film since Angel-A (2005). Those who don't mind the nonsense and love a simple action romp will probably enjoy it more. 1/5 (Awful)
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