Music By Eric Serra Soundtrack Album Review
Backlot Music Digital Download/29 Tracks/Disc Time: 49:22
The film "Lucy" was one of the surprise hits of what was a rather lackluster summer season at the box office and one of Luc Besson's well received films. The film stars ultra hottie Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a courier who has to deliver a mysterious briefcase to Mr. Jang and instantly caught up in a nightmarish deal where she is captured and turned into a drug mule for a new and powerful synthetic drug. When the bag she is carrying inside of her stomach leaks, Lucy's body undergoes unimaginable changes that unlocks her mind's full potential 100%. With her new-found powers, Lucy turns into a merciless warrior intent on getting back at her captors. She receives invaluable help from Professor Norman (Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, "Million Dollar Baby"), the leading authority on the human mind and a French police captain.
When Luc Besson first started his career in the 1980's, his lone composer was Eric Serra, a fellow Frenchman who was heavily into electronics pretty much like most composers were during the decade. He broke out with two major scores in "Subway" and "The Big Blue", which was eventually re-scored by Academy Award Winner Bill Conti for the film's U.S release and their partnership would continue throughout the 1990's with memorable films such as "La Femme Nikita", "Leon: The Professional" (which featured Oscar Winner Natalie Portman's memorable debut), "The Fifth Element" and "Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc". Since then, they've been working together sporadically with Besson taking more of a producer and screenwriter role of late with films such as "Taken 1 & 2 ", "The Family", "3 Days To Kill", "Arthur And The Invisibles" and the upcoming, "Taken 3" and "The Transporter Legacy" films.
This film is a reunion for Besson and Serra and the music isn't all that dissimilar to the work they had done a decade or more ago featuring lots of rhythmic electronics blending in with alot of orchestrial elements as the basis of the score. Of course, this didn't always work and alot of people were turned off by his work especially in scores like "Goldeneye" for example which is still the most disappointing James Bond score by fans of the franchise. "Lucy" is a score that easily works with the film that it was written for, but as a listening experience; it really is a mixed bag of alot to like and alot to dislike. First, the score does feature some really nice thematic moments that unfortunately are buried underneath the scores dominant electronics throughout that at times, are very cool and others are just treading been there and done that territory. Highlighted by the cool tracks "Inner Fireworks", "Tingjou Hospital", "I Feel Everything", "Thank You For Sharing", "Disintigration", "Melt Into Matter", "Flickering Through Time", and "I Am Everywhere", these track feature and mostly the best orchestrial based material that is enhanced by Serra's modern electronics that aren't as overbearing as the rest of the score is. Second, the rest is very moody and atmospheric and serviceable at best in regards to driving the films frenetic pace along which does work within the film. Unfortunately for the latter, the rest of the album is just a mood building and transitional mess that is just a total bore.
Backlot Music's digital download is a lengthy album and plenty for Eric Serra's music in my opinion which has great material stuck within a frame of serviceable and well crafted wallpaper that definitely would've worked better in the 1990's and 2000's more so than now. There is some good material here and fans of Serra will enjoy those tracks as much as I did, but the rest is pretty much take it or leave it as atmospheric material. "Lucy" isn't a memorable score, but there is somethings to like about it. Thumbs down on this one despite some pretty good material buried within it.
The soundtrack is available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lucy-soundtrack-from-motion/id900258685