Luc Besson’s LUCY

Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman and Scarlett Johansson in the title role in Luc Bessopn's new film, LUCY
Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman and Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson’s new film, LUCY

This is becoming the year for the most explicitly female-targeted movies, and fast paced LUCY has the red-hot Scarlett Johansson as a big-screen action heroine with strong screen presence. Lucy has unstoppable superpowers including strength and fighting know-how, in this mind-bending thriller with a science fiction bent.

LUCY is a quality French-made film, penned and directed by Luc Besson (Le Femme, Nikita, Fifth Element, Transporter, Taken) in his first foray into the superhero sub-genre.

Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) plays Lucy who begins the movie as an unwilling drug mule and then transforms into the drug-fueled superhero, after she gains amazing powers from the glorified drug CHP4, and is able to take on the bad guys in Taipei and Paris.

Morgan Freeman is again believable (although typecast) in his predictable and recurring Hollywood role as Earth’s one and only truly brilliant and wise man.

With films like LUCY now being made, it now means that major blockbuster franchises no longer require just male moviegoers to achieve top-tier blockbuster status.

Unlike the ‘potential of our species plots’ of both TRANSCENDENCE and 2001, Luc Besson has the courage to explore existence itself with his unconventional approach that sees the narrative travel back and forth in time. The narrative line works well with the suspense building up all the way to the very end.

Highly Recommended. Classified MA15+. Running time 89 minutes.

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