I’ve been sitting here for a while now. Racking my brain for the words to describe Luc Besson‘s latest film Lucy. I’ve probably been using more than 10% of my brain while doing said racking though, contrary to the films statement that humans only use 10% of their brains. I could start with just letting the writer/director himself describe his own film.
This document has been floating around the internet for a few days:
Before I attempt to break down what he said, let me use some words to describe the film, hopefully without boring you. I’ll keep it short. Lucy is a film in which a young woman(Scarlett Johansson) is tricked into a situation, kidnapped, forced to be a drug mule for a new synthetic drug, then has that bag of drugs leak inside of her. The drug then causes her to be able to use 100% of her brain. Hilarity ensues? If you’ve seen the trailer you know what the movie is about. There aren’t many secrets that unfold along the way. If you haven’t seen the trailer check that out here. It’s almost 80’s style in that the trailer is pretty much the entire movie, so if you have any interest in seeing this maybe don’t watch it.
Before moving on I want to point out that the 10% brain function thing is a myth. Scientists don’t know what exact percentage of our brains that we use, but it’s more than 10%. The misunderstanding is probably due to the makeup of the brain, which is 10% neurons and the rest glial cells. That could be where the idea that we only use 10% of our brain comes from.
Now, back to Luc Besson’s breakdown of his own film. I’d say the first third being Leon The Professional is off. Like I said, she’s tricked into a situation, is kidnapped, and forced to be a drug mule. I don’t think any of that happened in Leon The Professional. It probably happened in another film, but when Googling it right now I only get results for Lucy. It’s like a variation on Taken where the kidnapped has the power to make very bad things happen to the kidnappers. The second third being Inception is also off. It’s not really full of grand sci-fi ideas or action sequences, but it is very Luc Besson-style action oriented. Imagine if during 20 minutes of The Transporter Jason Statham could control and move people/objects with his mind. That’s what you get in Lucy. The final third being 2001: A Space Odyssey kind of nails it. A batshit crazy, cuckoo bananas, nutter butters version of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Well, the last few minutes of that film at least. The very end is so crazy it will probably make you smile in a “did they really just do that?” way. You might even have a chuckle over it once you consider how this movie might hold up over time.
Lucy is a crazy movie that’s a mish mash of ideas, mostly from other films, but it’s never really boring. Sitting in the theater I was surprised by the pace of it all once it got into gear and how it felt shorter than it actually was, in a good way. I’d recommend this to anyone that likes: The Matrix, other Luc Besson films, any of the films previously mentioned, anyone who is a fan of that look your dog gives you when you try to speak to it like it knows what you’re saying. Scarlett Johansson definitely does that look in this. If you liked Limitless, but thought Bradley Cooper was too passive in it you’ll probably like this. Oh, and marijuana. This is probably a pretty good movie to watch high. Not that I know what that’s like.