A different take on the classic superhuman
By Elizabeth Chapa
Duration: 89 Minutes
Bombshell Scarlett Johansson and the legendary Morgan Freeman star in “Lucy,” Director Luc Besson’s attempt to capture the limitless possibilities of what the human mind could do if it was able to surpass the average 10 percent of brain function, which premiered July 25.
Apart from coming off a little supernatural and far-fetched, the movie tried to touch on a deeper meaning — that perhaps if humans tried, they would be capable of becoming more than what they are now.
The movie is unexpectedly philosophical, telling a story of why humans were put on Earth and reflecting on the achievements and events the world experienced over the past millions of years.
The plot takes the viewer on an action-filled journey as Lucy, played by Johansson, faces what some might say is a “superpower” of being able to use full cerebral capacity. Kidnapped and used as a drug mule by powerful men in the capital of Taiwan, Lucy is responsible for transporting a drug after it was surgically placed into her abdomen.
CPH4 is a synthetic drug mimicking what is found in the womb, which provides energy for a fetus to grow. However, the amount produced in the womb is minuscule, so when a high dosage of the drug accidentally leaks into her body, it causes her mind to go into overdrive.
The drug transforms Lucy into an untouchable superhuman with multiple mental and physical powers, such as absorbing information instantly, mentally travelling through time, exerting telekinesis and obtaining an impeccable memory. As time goes on, her powers become stronger as the percentage of her brain’s usage increases.
Adding an element of suspense, Lucy knows that she is a ticking time bomb. This is where the neuroscientist Professor Norman, played by Freeman, comes into the picture. Lucy discovers that he may be the only one who can save her.
It was Johansson who made the movie so intriguing and electrifying; captivating her audience by the way she took on the role of a hot, brainiac superwoman. Johansson captured the idea of a superhuman who beholds many powers, without coming off fictional.
Although it is generally a fascinating movie, it could have gone without some of the strange visual decisions such as scenes comparing the characters to wild life animals — flashing back and forth from the movie scene to clips of the animals — as if the movie viewer were watching Animal Planet.
Despite the film’s few flaws, Besson captured a story similar to the thriller Limitless released in 2011 with his own twist. Overall, Lucy was fun, entertaining and kept the viewer mentally involved throughout the action packed film.