Scientists estimate that human beings only use about 10% of their total brain capacity. If you happen to regularly drive around the greater Los Angeles area you soon believe that estimate to be exaggerated. Nevertheless there has long been speculation about exactly how would it change our world if people were somehow able to boost that usage level to say 20 % or even 50%. Such speculation gives rise to many concepts and ideas and one writer, Luc Besson, has taken his version of what might happen to the ultimate extreme of 100% brain usage in his new movie “LUCY.”
Starring the always stunning and gorgeous Scarlett Johansson the film follows the meteoric evolution of a young woman, Lucy, from a normal 10% usage all the way up to a mind blowing but personally catastrophic 100% level in a matter a few days. For Lucy the wild ride begins when she gets briefly involved with a true scum bag guy who traps her into delivering a brief case to a very major Taiwanese crime boss. It turns out that the brief case contains some extremely powerful exotic new drug headed off to Europe for recreational use. One of the previously unknown effects of this new drug in high concentrations is that it does rapidly ramp up to brain use. With sufficient quantities the user’s brain can reach 100% engagement with all that entails.
The progression of brain use development is the core of this film. Lucy’s powers and ultimate mental dominance are set out in a wild and often dark roller coaster ride from initial dosage all the way to 100% when her mortal being as we would envision it becomes a far more ethereal and esoteric existence. As is true of all Sci-Fi films one can watch “LUCY” and continuously pick at various aspects of the portrayed behavior for being too unrealistic or too far over the top. But that would damage the enjoyment of the film and is completely unnecessary.
“LUCY” is a visual treat with spectacular but appropriate and highly entertaining special effects and a story that is riveting. Any possible deficiencies “LUCY” may have in terms of science is soon set aside in the rush of action, excitement and adventure. It is impossible to not watch Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in his supporting role as Professor Norman once again sets the standard for film acting. Taken all together “LUCY” is a full bore summer fun action Sci-Fi adventure well worth each minute of the ninety minutes the film plays. It is currently in wide release and in this reviewers opinion “LUCY” is destined to become a true Sci-Fi classic.
Copyright 2014 Ron Irwin