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Movie review: 'Lucy'

Attending an earlier screening of the new movie "Lucy", my guest and I were impressed. "Lucy" debuts to American theaters on Friday, July 25, 2014 and is expected to do well at the box office. Starring Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, the movie is well paced and like director/writer Luc Besson's other films, is a non-stop thriller. If you put aside knowledge of science, then you will enjoy the movie.

Scarlett Johansson stars in the action thriller which debuts in American theaters on July 25, 2014.
Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Taking place in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, the movie opens with Lucy being the coerced handler of a briefcase of unknown contents outside a five-star hotel. She is to deliver the case to Mr. Jung (played by Min-sik Choi), a high-powered underworld figure who, we quickly learn, has little regard for human life. As Lucy enters Mr. Jung's Royal Suite, we see he has just killed two people and an aid uses a fresh bottle of Evian water to clean up some of the blood. As least, he has a taste for the finer things in life.

Jung is smart in how he devises the case be opened and we quickly learn it contains a high-priced drug called CPH4, which needs to be distributed to different areas of the world without being detected. Lucy is not alone in being Jung's mule and, through a crude operation; the drugs are implanted into the abdomens of Lucy and others. While Lucy is held in a cell, a guard kicks her hard in her stomach, causing a leak of the implanted drug into her bloodstream. After some Hollywood drama, Lucy quickly gains access to 15% of her brain, which enables her escape.

Lucy's capacity to learn grows exponentially and finds Professor Norman (played by Morgan Freeman) who is a noted world expert on the human brain. It is through his help and others along the way Lucy is able to transport all the knowledge she has learned and input it into a living computer so Norman can access it.

Throughout the movie, Lucy gains more access to the rest of her brain until she reaches 100%, at which point she dies--or does she? The film is well worth seeing this weekend, and I recommend it.