Luc Besson films, they are always so well put together. Leon (La Professional), and even films he has helped write and produce such as Taken and Unleashed are put together well too. Films he is a part of are to the point and easy to follow and with recent examples such as The Family, are fun.
Director: Luc Besson
Staring: Scarlett Johansson, Choi Min-Sik and Amr Waked
Run Time: 89 minutes
Release Date: Out Now
Lucy has the potential to be all kinds of fun. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a regular party goer studying in Taiwan but is quickly, against her will, pulled in by a drug trafficking crime headed by the brilliant Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy). The drug in question called CPH4 can allow a person to potentially reach one-hundred percent brain capacity. After being abused and the drug package being surgically placed inside of her, Lucy is sent off ready to move the drugs back to America. But while waiting in a stingy back alley prison and being physically abused begins to access her full brain capacity through the drug. With that she begins her adventure to stop the drugs from reaching their destinations and taking revenge on her captors. And that’s exactly what happens, without a hitch.
Morgan Freeman plays a scientist who happens to be studying the human brain and its potential and really only serves as Captain exposition, with the first act cutting back to him in a class giving information perfectly packaged for the audience. The story itself isn’t particularly that memorable, Johansson does well with what she is given but after the drug enters her body she becomes emotionless and wooden similar to Dr Manhattan from Watchmen. We don’t get much time with her before the drug incident so character investment is at a low. The film really could have done with more time to flesh out characters and plot. It’s over far too quickly with the third act seemingly coming out of nowhere, which is down to poor pacing.
I expected a fun action film, Taken is a simple story told and presented well, with some strong action points throughout. Lucy doesn’t have the positive of having fun action scenes. Lucy as a character goes from being extremely good with guns and combat to becoming an atom manipulating God, with that there is no stress during action scenes as she can put people to sleep with a wave of the hand, telekinetic-ally throwing them about. She is never in any danger and is extremely efficient in executing her plans. It was disappointing to have no memorable action moments in the film. A french police officer accompanies Lucy for the latter half of the film (played by Amr Waked), but even he thinks himself as useless to aid Lucy and is simply only kept around for the audiences perspective.
Lucy sometimes feels like impressionist art, with cut aways to cheetahs on the hunt for pray and beauty shots of various places. The last ten minutes were almost Avant-garde, but was still messy. The film just isn’t fun or enjoyable and feels like Besson trying to break out of the action movie genre restraints but yet still succumbing to them and making a poor joyless confusing mess.
Lucy is presented well and is confident in it’s execution, but fails to be simply fun, it goes above it’s allotted purpose and tries to be something no one wanted it or expected it be, an art house film.