Lucy (2014) Review

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Lucy (2014)

Directed by Luc Besson

Starring:
Scarlett Johansson
Morgan Freeman
Amr Waked
Choi Min-sik

Running time: 89 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

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My Opinion:

I normally try to wait a day or two to write a review as it sometimes takes me a while to collect my thoughts & decide how I feel about a movie. However, I’m short on time so am writing this review immediately after seeing Lucy. Bear with me while I try to decide what I thought of it as I’m still not sure myself.

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First of all: Scarlett Johansson. She’s turning into quite the interesting actress lately, eh? The second I heard about Under The Skin, I was intrigued & looked all over for a cinema anywhere near me that was showing it. No such luck! Anyway – I finally saw that last week (I’ll be reviewing it on Wednesday if you’d like to know my thoughts on it) and I was impressed with Johansson’s performance. Add in her voice-only role in Her, which I thought was the highlight of an already amazing film, and I’ve had to re-evaluate the somewhat negative opinion I had of her. Bravo to her for taking on these roles. It’s great to see a female lead carrying films that are more than just some dumb Kate Hudson-type rom-coms. Her is my favorite but, of the other two, I think Under The Skin is the superior film to Lucy. However, I do think people have been too harsh on Lucy and, in a way, I thought Johansson did an even better job as Lucy than as an alien in human skin.

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Damn – I suppose I have to talk about the movie as well as its star. Well, there’s good & bad. It’s been reviewed enough now that I think everyone knows the story is a bit iffy and it can seem silly at times. I’m not sure if the weird mash-up of violent action movie & movie-that-thinks-it’s-really-deep-and-smart QUITE works. However… You know what? Screw it. I enjoyed it. Yes, I did. I think… Um. Yes. I did. There have been plenty of negative reviews for Lucy so I’m going to focus on just the positive & tell you what I liked about it:

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– We have a strong female lead, which is something I always go for in movies. I think Emily Blunt’s role in Edge Of Tomorrow was still a better one as she just naturally kicks ass without the help of a drug but I’m liking seeing girls starring in some kick ass action films!

– There’s some weird & wonderful Matrix-y shit going on here & I liked it. I loved the scene in the airplane bathroom and all her confrontations with people as she grew more powerful.

– I like that this movie at least TRIES to be something a bit different. Everyone moans about Michael Bay & his braindead blow-shit-up movies but then we get something like Lucy and people still complain. It at least has a good concept even if it doesn’t quite know how to fully explore it or where to take the story but it’s fun to watch and its themes might make you think afterwards. But, hey – it’s just a movie! Movies are meant to entertain us. I think people forget that sometimes. I had fun watching Lucy.

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Summary:

I’ve really struggled writing this review. I’ve not read too many reviews yet as I was planning on watching this but I KNOW some people will absolutely hate this film. It’s definitely not for everyone, especially those who set their expectations way too high. If you like your violent action movies with a twist of sci-fi weirdness & some added university lectures complete with educational film strips, you might like this one. However, I’m not actually recommending it to anyone reading this. If you do watch it, just watch it with an open mind & try to have some fun with it. I did.

My Rating: 7/10

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Of the two reviews I’ve read in full, I liked Lucy more than Cara but less than Eric. Let me know if you’ve done a review for this as well – I’m curious to know more opinions on this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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35 thoughts on “Lucy (2014) Review

  1. I think I liked LUCY more than most. Mostly due to Johansson’s performance, but I also found the animal clips to be quirky & unexpected. I think it helped that I went in with no expectations whereas the folks that seemed disappointed had very high expectations.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it as well! : ) Johansson really was the highlight of the film – I can’t imagine it being as good with the wrong actress. Yes – I think people need to go into it just expecting a bit of fun. People really do set their standards too high…

  2. Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeear Plonker,

    I thought some of it was EXCELLENTE and some of it was pretty bland. The big discussion at the end really got me going.

    Warmest Love and Oozy Hugs,

    Luc Beeson

  3. I’m hoping to get to see this but Mr O and I are travelling loads over the next few weeks and I’m worried we won’t get to it.

    • Hmm. Hard to know what you’d think of it, actually! It’s an odd one. But I like “odd”. I don’t think it would lose its impact being seen on TV if you don’t manage to catch it in cinemas. : )

  4. Great review T9M you are right I seriously loved her voice in Her, that alone made the movie. I am interested in seeing this, but I have read so many mixed reviews that I wonder if it will be worth it. Sounds liked it and I trust you so I will give it a shot. And yes I second your thought about liking her even more because she doesn’t make stupid Kate Hudson type movies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Loving the post! The open-minded approach is definitely the way to go with these films, I like how you tackle this openly and honestly. Feels refreshing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    PLus, yeah. This movie — if you fight against it logically or think too hard about it, it will kind of ruin the ridiculousness of it all. I did enjoy myself. But looking back I think my review is overly critical. (As they probably always are) ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Great review lady! And hey, thanks for the shoutout! Yeah, this movie was okay. Johansson was great. Almost everything else…meh. I’m glad you liked it better than I did though! My biggest issue was the flashdrive (that’s not spoiling anything right?). Like, a flashdrive…what? Lol.

    • Lol! True – that was a little…odd… But, hey – it, like, sparkled! ; ) Johansson makes the movie – I’m not sure it would have worked at all with another actress. I admit it’s a weird one! I liked the ending okay although I know you didn’t. It’ll certainly divide people!

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