That possessive horde includes drug smugglers, scientists and, particularly, traffic cops.
"Lucy," a science-fiction "What if?'' yarn from French director
"Lucy" is pretty silly, but it trots out varied philosophical and metaphysical themes. This is the kind of thing that often spawns mini-cults in rentals.
Lucy, a la Carrie, can move inanimate objects with her mind, she is involved in the most hectic car chase in recent films and she flirts with man's origins back to apes and primates of old. According to the script, humans traditionally use only 10 percent of their brain power. When searching for sense in summer movies, we'd settle, out of desperation, for 10 percent.
While "Lucy" may be audacious, it smacks of the kind of tough female heroine that director Besson so often prefers, as in his 1990 film "La Femme Nikita."
The opening looks like just another drug-crime caper. Lucy is a partying blonde who becomes a lowly drug mule for the mob, smuggling drugs via a pouch sewn into her stomach. When a particularly powerful dose leaks into her body, she begins to experience "special" powers. She can suddenly speak many languages and memorize tons of trivia. Her knowledge becomes more practical when it comes to fighting off the pursuing plug-ugly drug cartel.
She adjusts to her newfound powers with a good deal of soul-searching, although the part requires little more than deadpan delivery that comes across as repetitive bemusement.
Lucy is both blessed and cursed in that she's headed toward total brain power as the movie clocks her progress from using 10 percent of the brain to the dreaded 100 percent mark, which we are told will be fatal. It gets more noisy than philosophical, but we are warned that too much knowledge can be fatal.
Besson, a specialist in action films, is likely to get his best box office tally since 1997's "The Fifth Element," although his
Lucy's transformation from drug peddler to superpowerful person is mostly colored lights. Admittedly, it takes more brainpower to watch "Lucy" than it does for, say, "Transformers," but that's not saying much. At 90 minutes, "Lucy" knows how not to overstay its welcome and put a bit of a twist on the usual summer noise.
Director and writer
MPAA rating R (violence, drug references)
Mal's rating Two and a half stars
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