Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: The whole premise of the movie begins with Professor Norman’s (Morgan Freeman) hypothesis that basically states that human beings are only capable of utilizing 10% of their brain. The Prof should know, since he is a leading expert in evolution and human mental capabilities. He lectures an eager audience in Paris, hanging on his every word, and informs them “We possess a gigantic amount of information of which we have no access”.
Then there is Lucy (Scarlett Johansson). She is an attractive young woman, scuffling along to make ends meet, and dating a most dubious young man. Lucy is smart enough to turn down his plea to complete his task, which is to deliver a brief case into a bank to a certain Mr Jang (Min-Sik Choi). So the boyfriend slyly slaps handcuffs on her and the brief case, forcing Lucy to enter the bank, and ultimately go down the proverbial rabbit hole.
Mr Jang is a well-dressed man of expensive tastes (he washes blood off his hands with a bottle of Evian water) and an extreme penchant for violence. He recruits Lucy, quite unwillingly, to become a drug mule for a new wonder drug called CPH4. Before she knows it, Lucy is flying off to faraway Taipei.
After getting ass-kicked by Mr Jang’s thugs in Taiwan, Lucy is unintentionally introduced to the new drug. Suffice it to say immediate and amazing changes happen to Lucy physically, and even more so mentally. That 10% blockage to the mind’s capabilities is smashed open, and changes to Lucy happen like a runaway train that is barely staying on the rails.
That old adage “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger” could not be more true in Lucy’s situation. She is a force of nature to be reckoned with. Woe to anyone who gets in her way….
This was a terrific film on several levels. There is the beautiful and talented Scarlett Johansson at the peak of her considerable acting powers, and of course there is Morgan Freeman providing his matchless gravitas to the mix. There is plenty of eye-popping action and special effects to keep the mob entertained; a car chase through the streets of Paris that is especially hair-raising. Then there is the philosophical side to consider, if you have a mind to (no pun intended). What would be the consequences if certain people suddenly had significantly enhanced mental powers, and would it necessarily be a good thing for the world?
Actors To Watch: Scarlett & Morgan, the dynamic duo! Go to any movie they are starring in.
Dialogue Nuggets: “Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it”? “This pain you are experiencing now is blocking you from understanding”. “I’m colonizing your brain”.
Huh? What The ….: I don’t care how smart someone is. They can’t make a PC work 100 times faster than it was designed to operate.