Lucy

Rated R 88 minutes 2014

The trailers for Lucy indicate fairly straightforward superhero fare: Scarlett Johansson is forced into service as an unwilling drug mule for an evil mobster, but the bag of super-drugs she's carrying in her stomach bursts open, imbuing upon her a host of movie superpowers: telekinesis, mind control, the ability to control computers for some weird reason. But Lucy powers through the premise of a more generic movie in its first 20 minutes, and then it spends the rest of its run time being delightfully weird. One scene compares Lucy's descent into danger by cutting away from the action to footage of a gazelle being hunted by a lion and a mouse sniffing at a trap. It's so on-the-nose that it's fun. We also bear witness to the discovery of fire and a few scenes featuring the real Lucy, the skeleton of a proto-human discovered by an archaeological expedition in 1975. This is a movie in love with hearing itself talk, offering up a bunch of pseudo-scientific monologues about pain and time and math, but you don't mind laughing along with all the juicy pulp, just because it's totally committed to its own impossibly dumb pursuit of intelligence. (80 min.)

Film Credits

Director: Luc Besson

Producer: Virginie Besson-Silla and Marc Shmuger

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Schroeder and Luca Angeletti

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