Director Luc Besson’s latest action-drama takes the brain to the next level — and the critics have a lot to say. While many felt that it was an extraordinary discovery, others felt ScarJo fell flat. What do you think?
Scarlett Johannson takes on the role as Lucy, the femme fatale extraordinaire who seemingly kicks everyone’s butt by the flick of a hand — and she’s exactly what makes this film ordinary, according to some critics. However, Lucy is an emblem of feminine power, the ultimate feminist icon, encouraging many to be brought to the edge of their seats. Here’s what the critics have to say.
‘Lucy’ Movie Reviews
Lucy hits theaters on July 25, and ScarJo is joined by Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, and Amr Waked to take on a whole different story. So what are the reviews saying?
Thank goodness (or the goddess) for male directors who dig strong female characters. Whatever their reasons, these directors often expand the range of roles women play, whether it’s one of Howard Hawks’s dames calling the shots or one of James Cameron’s. That the French director Luc Besson, an industrious multi-hyphenate, has a thing for femmes fortes has been evident since 1990, when he unleashed a pouty toothpick in La Femme Nikita, a delirious, violent fantasy that turned an outlaw into a gun-toting gamine and an exploitable commodity that, in turn, spawned both an American big-screen remake (Point of No Return) and a television series.
Lucy’s condition manifests itself gradually at first, then in ever grander and more astonishing ways. No longer cowering in fear, she’s now an expert assassin who quickly frees herself and turns the tables on her captors. Although she’s largely immune to pain, her powers of sensory perception reach superhuman levels of acuity — a phenomenon visualized by Besson and his visual-effects team as an endless network of data streams, invisible to the naked eye. She absorbs vast quantities of data (especially foreign languages) in record time and develops the ability to manipulate matter telekinetically, which, as Lucy learns, comes in pretty handy whether you’re trying to disarm an opponent or weave your way in and out of traffic.
It sounds cool. Plus I’m basically a sucker for filmmaker Luc Besson’s female warriors, from La Femme Nikita (Anne Parillaud) to The Professional (Natalie Portman) and The Fifth Element (Milla Jovovich). And, hell, Johansson can do everything Cooper does, and in heels. But Besson lets the fun drain out of Lucy. Things get all pokey and ponderous when Morgan Freeman shows up as a professor who explains the “meaning” of what’s going on.
“Lucy” is a confounding experience, but at a brisk 85 or so minutes, it manages not to outstay its welcome. Those not enamored of Besson’s particular brand of Euro-schlock grindhouse existentialism, however, may find their brains more stimulated elsewhere.
Starring Scarlett Johansson, the movie explores the potential of the mind, involving a storyline where the titular character gets caught in a pickle involving drug traffickers and an experimental drug. When forced to transport the drug, it enters her bloodstream and transforms her into a hero with astonishing mental powers.
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