by Joan Alperin Schwartz
'Lucy' starring the uber talented Scarlett Johansson, is a sci-fi, thriller that includes a lesson in evolution and the brain....Our brain to be exact and how us humans are not using it to its full capacity.
No kidding....all you have to do is turn on the news and you'll realize how unevolved our species is.
First thing to know, when watching 'Lucy' written and directed by the always interesting, Luc Besson is...forget logic. Just sit back and enjoy.
When the film starts, we meet Lucy (Scarlett Johansson)a ditzy blonde living in Tapei, whose sleezy boyfriend is trying to convince her to delivery a case to a Mr. Jang (Choi Min-Sik)
When she refuses, the creep handcuffs the case to her arm. Lucy has no choice but to do his bidding.
In one of the best scenes in the film, Lucy goes to Jang's hotel suite and finds out that not only is he a super evil crime boss involved in drug trafficking, but her life is about to change forever.
Jang and his possee sew a potent synthetic drug, known as CPH4 into Lucy's stomach and to her horror...she's a drug mule...Even though it isn't much of a consolation, she's not alone in her plight. Several other victims share her same fate.
However, in Lucy's case, something quite unexpected occurs.
The CPH4 explodes inside her stomach and goes soaring through her body.
Okay, important plot point...
As all this is going on, Besson takes us to Paris, where Professor/Researcher Norman (Morgan Freeman) is giving a lecture about how we only use 10 percent of our brain and what would happen if we used more...He also shows his captive audience various clips regarding the dawn of man, dinosaurs, the creation of the earth...Normal every day stuff. Then it's....
Back to Lucy, where thanks to the CPH4 surging through her cells, her brain power is increasing.
How do we know this? Besson tell us so, by flashing percentages on the screen...20 percent, 30 percent...and so on. With each increase, Lucy develops new powers.
So while the bad guys are shooting everything in site, Miss Lucy is moving objects with her mind, gaining super human strength, as well as a few other extremely interesting abilities.
'Lucy' which opens in theatres Friday, July 25, is a very entertaining, exciting, and yes believe it or not...thought provoking film. For that reason, I gave it 4 bagels out of 5 and recommend that everyone sees it.
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