about your superhero movies. This one is really preposterous. It is
based on the premise that humans use only 10% of their brains and
postulates what could happen if they could access more, or all. But what
this film supposes is about as realistic as Moses supposes his toeses
are roses. But that song ended with with “Moses he knowses his toeses
aren’t roses, so Moses supposes erroneously.” This film ends with a much
more unrealistic conclusion than poor Moses’ story.
(Scarlett Johansson) is the name given to the earliest human ancestor
that has yet been discovered. I am loathe to tell the story because I
think it’s much more enjoyable to see a film in a state of ignorance but
it’s impossible to review this film without telling a lot of what goes
gets stuck as a mule with a bag of drugs sewn into her stomach by a
really bad guy, Mr. Jang (Choi Min Sik). When the bag splits and the
drug invades her body she becomes akin to a superhero because it
increases her access to her brain power. As it continues to increase,
she gets more powerful.
where the film gets truly ridiculous, even more so than other superhero
movies. She not only becomes enormously smart, she gets powers that
control gravity and other people’s movements.
where it lost me. It just strained credulity to the breaking point.
Writer/Director Luc Besson went overboard here and it’s unfortunate. If
he wanted to deal with the increased use of the capacity of the brain he
should have come up with a story in which Lucy’s superior brain power
vanquishes evil. Instead he has her brain turn her into a physical
superhero, which is a fatal non sequitur.
Johansson is a beautiful woman and a fine actress, but she’s made some
unfortunate choices lately (Under the Skin, Don Jon). In
accepting roles like these and in action movies like Captain America
and The Avengers that emphasize special effects and
ridiculous stories, she denigrates her God-given talent. But I guess
that’s where the money is.