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‘Lucy’ movie review: Wait, is that a dinosaur?

‘Lucy’ movie review: Are moviegoers ready for such a surreal adventure?
‘Lucy’ movie review: Are moviegoers ready for such a surreal adventure?
Promotional image, Universal Pictures



Scarlett Johansson stars as Lucy, an American party girl studying in Taiwan. After unwillingly meeting a powerful mobster, Lucy is kidnapped and forced to be his drug mule. A pouch of the drug is in planted in her stomach. This isn’t just any drug; the mysterious blue crystals (not Heisenberg’s) later prove to allow her to unlock her full potential – using 100% of her brain power, as opposed to the 10% we supposedly use.

This happens after the pouch ruptures, giving her a major overdose. Lucy first transforms into her persona in Marvel, Black Widow. A master assassin, seeking revenge and destroying anyone that gets in her away. After that, it’s full-on “Transcendence” meets “Limitless.”

I loved “Limitless.” Being able to use 100% of your brain with super intelligence and the ability to learn anything and everything at a very fast speed is believable. “Transcendence” though? Not so much. “Lucy” began in the same ballpark as “Limitless,” but then the film took a huge overdose in crazy and became more farfetched than “Transcendence.” I mean, really, dinosaurs?

Humans capable of controlling and traveling through time, moving other humans and objects around, and other bizarre actions, by unlocking their “full potential” can’t be proved. So it’s all a hypothesis, one that is very carefully explained by Morgan Freeman’s character.

As crazy as “Lucy” is (did I mention dinosaurs?), it is a lot more entertaining than “Transcendence.” I’m not sure that’s a compliment.

Johansson did what she could with the role though, delivering a pretty well performance. Audiences really see and feel her fear and emotions come through as she goes through this frightening and very freaky experience. Well, that is until she develops brain power over 30%, then she’s alien-like emotionless. By the time she unlocks almost all of her brain, the events are so ridiculous that nothing seems impossible. You wonder what else could they do, add dinosaurs to the mix? Oh, never mind, they already did that.

Although “Lucy” didn’t make my favorites-list, you might enjoy it. With a 62% rating so far at Rotten Tomatoes, there’s a 50/50 chance. “Lucy” only runs for about an hour and a half, so if you don’t like it, at least you won’t have to sit through it for long.