The hubby and I haven’t had a date night in awhile so when we got invited to a preview of the new Scarlett Johanson movie, Lucy, I was pretty excited.
I’m a huge movie fan – action, comedy, romance, drama, you name it. If it entertains me, I’m usually golden.
I arrived expecting a major action flick, but that’s not quite what I got.
Lucy is the story of a woman caught in a drug deal gone very, very bad. She’s tricked into delivering drugs to a dark drug lord and then is forced to transport the drugs via her body cavity. At one point, she is beaten causing the drugs to leak into her body, transforming her into a human being able to access all 100% of her brain function.
The myth that floats around between humans is that we can only access 10% of our brains. This movie explores the possibility of all that we could potentially accomplish if we could unlock the rest.
The movie made us both think for sure. We talked about it the entire ride home and even after we’d turned off the lights to go to bed, we kept bringing it up.
Lucy is very fast-paced. It capped out at about an hour and a half and it easily could have been longer. The story takes some time to build and then it powers through 50-100%. I wish they’d spent more time on all the abilities that came with her accessing those parts of her brain, but after she gets to about 30%, the movie just rushed through.
I thought Scarlett Johansson did a fantastic job. With all the knowledge that Lucy attains comes loss – the loss of human emotions and feelings. As the movie goes on, Lucy speaks almost as if she’s a computer, flat and very matter of factly.
The movie also stars Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman, a man who has tracked the development of brain power in humans since the beginning of time.
We both enjoyed the movie, but would have been disappointed had we spent $24 on tickets, plus dinner and a babysitter. I think it would make a great rental on a big screen TV for most people.
My husband was quite disappointed with the ending. To quote him, “that was anti-climactic.” I disagreed. I thought it was quite appropriate and led to the deep thought conversations that we then went on to have.
If you go see it, be sure to let me know what you think.
The film opens today nationwide and is rated R for strong violence and disturbing images.