Friday, July 25, 2014

Movie Review: Lucy - Scarlett Johansson (4.5/5 stars)

*I'm going to use Amazon's 5 star sys, b/c that's what I'm used to. I'll try to be fairly spoiler free.*

Summary (things you can glean from the trailer): Lucy gets kidnapped and turned into a drug mule, but the bag starts leaking. The drug that enters her system unlocks parts of her mind that no human has ever accessed before. The drug basically lights up a party in her cells and gives her a bunch of cool abilities.

Overall Impression: Excellent, fun, exciting, imaginative, very sci-fi.

- Story - pretty straightforward, cool concept. The ending's one of several predictable paths they could have chosen. It fits, but may not be seen as the most favorable one.

- Scarlett Johannson's acting skills are only really tested in the beginning.

- I don't think that the cover really does the movie justice.

- The movie includes some random chase scenes just so it can qualify for an action flick.

- Most of the really cool action scenes are covered by the trailer.

- They probably didn't emphasize the sci-fi connections to avoid the stigma and typical, gut reactions to the term. Oh some people love sci-fi, me included, but action probably has a wider movie audience than sci-fi.

- The symbolism is pretty heavy-handed, but it works. (ie. nature film scenes of a leopard stalking an antelope as Lucy enters the building ...)

- The switches between Prof Norman (Morgan Freeman's character) and Lucy (Scarlett Johansson's character) are fairly smooth, giving a lot of information without tuning in too long for the straightup lecture.

Would I recommend this movie? Yes. It's short but fun and entertaining. You can think about it if you want, but you can also just enjoy the ride for what it is.

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