Lucy just might be Luc Besson’s comeback thriller

IF YOU’VE seen Limitless, then you will have a pretty good idea was Lucy is like.

Lucy, is a self-titled movie about a young women played by Scarlett Johansson who unwillingly becomes genetically enhanced by a powerful drug that allows her to increase her brainpower. While that may seem like a plot that follows the same formula as many superhero films do, this film, however, was much more creative than that.

Scarlett_Johansson plays the titular character Lucky.

Scarlett Johansson plays the titular character Lucy

Lucy is inspired by the myth that we only use about 10% of our potential brainpower, which makes for a philosophically driven sci-fi under-layer. Something that is quite different from any other blockbuster we have seen this summer. In a return to form, after a string of questionable films, Luc Besson has made one of his most entertaining films in some time, by combining intense action scenes with more existential ideas about the very nature of humanity.

Johansson plays the role of Lucy immensely well. We first meet Lucy as a scared and vulnerable women, of whom transforms after her enhancement throughout the film into an incredibly smart but emotionally vacant character that is detached from the everyday things of life, but still manages to retain her humanity. Johansson ability to portray this transformation is superb.

The addition of Morgan Freeman to the film as Professor Norman, naturally brings a certain maturity to the film, as he gives a usual strong performance in his role as, essentially, every Morgan Freeman character to date – the omniscient overseer. In my opinion, his character is the only facet of the film that gives the dubious science aspect an ounce of credibility.

Negativity aside, I found myself getting drawn in and lost within the film, despite the storyline seeming a little generic and absurd at first, it was a very intriguing concept in how it was delivered. The slow motion action scenes and the general fast pace of the film were some of it’s shining features. Whilst it is – of course – complete fiction, it is possible to embrace the film for what it really is; a display of Besson’s genius.

Overall the film is somewhat credibly dubious, but is a pleasure to watch and strangely captivating, I heartily recommend it.