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Lucy Review: The Filmmakers didn’t trust the Audience to Use Their Brains

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Lucy (directed by Luc Besson) is one of those films with an intriguing premise, but a flat execution. It feels as though everything done in an effort to make the movie more interesting makes it less so. For example, Lucy’s early scenes are intercut with scenes of animals in their natural habitats. Now that method of storytelling looks great of Survivor, but in this movie it feels like a film school class project or creative writing assignment that tries too hard to have clever symbolism. When Lucy starts to use her brain capacity, the film intercuts with Morgan Freeman giving a lecture. Morgan Freeman is the king of great narration, but the cross cutting made his speech and Lucy’s peril boring.

The bad guys in the film are more irritating than threatening. The good guys don’t offer much to root for. There are a few cool moments, but they are lost in the shuffle. As Lucy gains brain capacity, she seems to lose a lot of her moral compass. She kills or maims several people who get in the path of achieving her goal without a moment’s hesitation. The film implies that she was able to quickly deduce that one of her victims would die anyway, but that doesn’t justify her actions. She actually leaves one person alive whom she probably should have killed at one point, and that decision doesn’t seem highly intelligent. That raises a question about the theory of this film. There are violent criminals in this world whose moral centers in the brain are not being used. Why did Lucy’s moral center shut down as she was supposedly using more of her brain? Why did her emotions shut down? Don’t emotional reactions come from the brain?
The action sequences in this film are not particularly suspenseful or cool. There are plenty of people who get unnecessarily hurt by both Lucy and the bad guys. More impressive special effects have been done in Youtube videos. The final scene in this movie induces a shrug rather than a wow reaction. This writer may way Lucy on Netflix or TV, but wouldn’t put in the extra effort of popping the DVD in the player.