BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Lucy Reviews
By Dr. Know on July 25th, 2014
Critic Review for Lucy
Besson has made very, very bad films in the past, but this is the first time he has presented one so idiotic that the only way to properly convey its flaws is to enumerate them.
Scarlett Johansson carries the film effortlessly, bridging Besson’s narrative and logical ellipses by fully embracing his crowd-pleasing intentions and convincingly depicting Lucy’s psychological transformation.
This movie worries that humanity is wasting its potential, which is a bizarre fear for a movie that has this many nonsensical shootouts. But that’s what on Besson’s mind: the Big Bang and bang-bang.
In the showiest sequence, Lucy’s body starts exploding into bursts of confetti. Even then, Johannson holds everything together. She’s the rare actress who brings conviction and clarity to flights of fancy.
I know we’re supposed to think that Besson’s daffy cinematic calisthenics are entertaining because at least they are not boring. But I was bored.
Lucy is a welcome reminder of just how much Besson’s wry sensibility as a filmmaker adds to movies like this.
Thank goodness Mr. Jang (Min-Sik Choi), the preeminent villain in movies this year, almost saves the day when the story veers toward territory already presented last spring in Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence.”
Lucy is not just tongue-in-cheek. No, the tongue bursts out of the cheek, wraps all the way around the back of the head, and comes in through the opposite cheek.
Lucy will not speak to a wide audience but those that fall within its target reach should be rewarded with some thought-provoking science fiction.
Ludicrous and atrocious in nearly every way, Lucy is absolutely brainless; which is quite ironic given the concept of the film.
Besson doesn’t claim his latest globetrotting science-fiction thriller is based on fact, of course, but its ambitions are muddled by a lack of conviction.
What might we be capable of if we used all of our brains? Anything! Whether it makes sense or not! As long as it fits the needs of the scene.
Holding all this together is Johansson, who has the exact right take on the material: slightly invested, mostly removed, observing it all with a sly grin.
No, you do not only use 10 percent of our brains – with the possible exception of when you are watching a Michael Bay movie.
Lucy is either the dumbest smart film or the smartest dumb film I’ve ever seen.
See “Lucy” simply to watch Johansson kick butt, spout some philosophy and, with the help of CGI, move through time and space with the casual swipe of her palm.