“Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?” This question is asked in Luc Besson’s latest film Lucy. The French-American Science-Fiction Action film is directed, written and edited by Luc Besson. The film follows a woman who was accidentally caught in a dark deal and turns the tables on her captors, and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
It stars Scarlett Johansson as the title character, along with Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked and Choi Min-Sik. The performances in this film were brilliantly performed despite being wasted on a B-Movie script with pretensions of prescience For the title role, Besson required "an actress who could be believable as extremely vulnerable, as well as superpowered, when her exposure to an illicit substance inadvertently makes her acquire incredible skills." And that's exactly what Johansson brought to the role. Johansson shines in this pseudo-intellectual action flick that represents Luc Besson's finest work since The Fifth Element (1997). Lucy may be the most powerful film character ever created. She has the powers and abilities of Professor X, The Doctor, Dr. Manhattan, Galactus, God from Bruce Almighty (2003), Scarlet Witch, and Tetsuo from Akira all combined into one. For Mr. Freeman, despite giving a brilliant performance as the scientific mind of the film, his character I felt was under-written and didn't do much. Which was a bit of a shame. This principle applies to Waked who also gave a great performance but I felt his character didn't really serve the plot other than to help Lucy with her mission. However, Choi Min-Sik gave the best performance in the film and stole the show. Besson said that Mr. Jang is the "best villain" he scripted since Gary Oldman's character, Norman Stansfield from Leon: The Professional (1994), adding that "Whereas Lucy is the ultimate intelligence, Mr. Jang is the ultimate devil." Which is exactly what I thought. He was the best Besson villain since Stansfield and Min-Sik not only fit the role like a glove, but also played the role perfectly.
In his latest outing, Lucy, acclaimed commercial filmmaker Luc Besson remains with his distinctive visual style, but the film ' s silly concept only diminishes the movie's overall enjoyment. With vast plot holes and superhuman leaps of logic, for all its gloss, hipster pretensions, plot craters and sometimes risible attempts at action, the film traffics in large, troublesome ideas about the human mind now and where it could be in the future, even if the film itself is far too convoluted and compromised to do those hairy questions justice. The film is nothing more than a rhythmless, shapeless, and, with the exception of a few shots, cheesy-looking. In the end, it presents itself as an ambitious, old fashioned, ideas-driven science fiction film that is never as mind-expanding as its futuristic images and topical, dystopian ideas seem to promise. It is not only a disappointing effort from Besson, but it is also one of my least favorite films of the year.