Lucy, writer and director Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Action feature, opened up its summer run with a bang at the box office, grossing over $43 million in its debut weekend. The weekend’s second place finisher wasn’t even close.
Scarlett Johansson plays Lucy, an unwilling drug mule who quickly finds herself mixed up with some of the world’s most ruthless criminals. With an experimental synthetic drug surgically implanted into her stomach, Lucy has an altercation with her captors resulting in some of the drug leaking into her system.
With the experimental drug flowing through her bloodstream, Lucy is able to utilize far more than ten percent of her brain, which is the standard for normal humans. Under the influence of the drug she is able to access powers and senses that have only been thought possible by the scientific community.
Lucy, with her ever-increasing awareness and cognitive powers, escapes from her captors and seeks out the advice of Professor Norman, played by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman. As one of the world’s leading researchers in his field, Professor Norman has spent a good portion of his life theorizing about the potential of the human brain’s function.
As she races against time, all the while being pursued by her Asian captors, Lucy has less than twenty-four hours to rendezvous with Professor Norman to share the results of her new found powers and abilities.
The film begins with injected sequences of symbolic imagery, reminiscent of techniques used in films forty years ago. Thankfully, Besson abandons the symbolic imagery concept and the film settles into what could be described as a violent, fast-paced, shoot ‘em up Sci-Fi joyride.
The film feels a bit short, with a run time of less than 90 minutes, leaving one wishing a bit more time was invested in plot and character development. Nevertheless, like a good amusement park ride that ends too soon, Lucy is an entertaining cinematic escape that you may want to experience more than once.