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'Lucy' more mind than matter

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While making a drop for her boyfriend, a student studying in Taipei is abducted and knocked unconscious. When she wakes, Lucy finds that drugs have been sewn into her stomach. Forced to become a drug mule, Lucy goes along with the plan until the drugs begin to leak into her body, unleashing the untapped potential of her mind. With her mind open to new possibilities and constantly evolving, Lucy fights to unleash her full potential before the drugs or their owner can kill her.

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The latest creation from Luc Besson (writer/director), "Lucy" is an exercise in action, editing, and high concept filmmaking. With the plot not being much more complex than what is evident in the film's trailers, the film is mostly driven by its dialogue and a handful of philosophical diatribes. Featuring two of Hollywood's most recognizable actors, Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) and Morgan Freeman (Prof. Norman) are the primary source of the film's periodic points of prophetical speeches and one sided conversations. Johansson is probably most familiar from Marvel's developing movie-verse. She is also well-known for taking unusual and performance heavy roles, in films like "Lost in Translation"and "Under the Skin." While the film's visual effects become increasingly more intricate as Lucy evolves, Johansson captivates and immediately inspires a forced sympathetic connection, as no one likes being operated on without permission. While Johansson inspires, Freeman's mellow and fatherly tones resonate, painting of portrait of what Lucy is likely to become, setting up Freeman's character as a likely plot point.

Even though the film's starring and supporting cast perform admirably, the film possesses a few things which work conceptually, but not in practice. Perhaps the weakest aspect of the film, is its tendency to intercut clips for contrast or comparison. While the decision to do so makes sense relative to the various points in the plot, they also serve to jar the viewer out of the world being portrayed onscreen. Fortunately, this barrage of imagery represents the minority of the film. While this device serves an appropriate role during the film's more climactic scenes, its initial use is just too disassociated, reflecting the director's sensibilities in a way that comes across more like a film school exercise. Despite this little hiccup and odd pacing, "Lucy" is a fun, intriguing, and visually rich experience.

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