Movie Review: 'LUCY '

July 30, 2014
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Starring Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman

Rated R

Four out of Five stars

Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff



In a triumphant display of wit, insanity and quest for knowledge writer/director Luc Besson’s, Lucywas nothing short of an inspirational and clever film. Starring Scarlett Johannson as Lucy and Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman both actors put on a convincing and overall thought provoking show as we are swallowed into the idea that a human could operate using 100% of their brain.

“Lucy”starts out with a distraught Scarlett Johannson as she is forced by her drug dealing boyfriend, Richard (Pilou Asbaek) to deliver a package to the viscous drug dealer, Mr. Jang (Choi Min-Sek). Upon opening the package we are introduced to the synthetic drug CPH4. Lucy and three other characters are then injected with the CPH4 into their intestines. We learn that CPH4 is what the female body produces when bearing a child in order for the baby’s brain to develop, as a synthetic drug it is used to evolve the human brain beyond its natural capacity. Now, it is not clear what use Mr. Jang has for such a drug; is he looking to make himself all powerful? Create an army of geniuses? Develop a cure for all diseases? One cannot be sure; because once Lucy and the other characters are injected with the drug you would think someone that is now smarter than everyone else would overpower their creator, right?

We then cut to Morgan Freeman, Professor Norman, as he lectures on the idea of humans using more than 10% of their brains and how that would change the way society currently lives and evolves. The existential thought-process of “Lucy” is something that carries a huge amount of weight when watching the film. Essentially if we were all able to operate with 100% of our brain, would it result in chaos and even more power hungry humans? Or would we finally realize that a world of acceptance and peace is actually the better way to live? A touchy subject in the arena of where the human species comes and evolves from, the film “Lucy” works because it provides no answers.

When we come to the end of the film we are watching a more visually inclined film in the style of a Stephen Hawkins documentary. Which is not a bad thing, especially since we are playing on the notion of an existential society, “Lucy” is by far no Adam & Eve verification. If we are able to wrap our minds around the idea of an all knowing human existence which allows us to understand the “secrets of the universe” what is next? As life is known to be the quest for knowledge, “Lucy” is a true fantasy of the added powers and incentives a “super human” would possess.

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