As of July 22, 2023, it’s available on Infinity+. Lucy, Luc Besson, with Scarlett Johansson. Released in 2014, the sci-fi thriller became a hit at the box office. It grossed nearly ten times its production budget, becoming the second highest-grossing French film of all time and the highest-grossing film in history for a non-American film. Outcasts (2012). Nearly ten years later, what remains of Lucy? Does it stand the test of time? Let’s find out.
Feeling of deja vu
Let’s start by giving Caesar what belongs to Caesar. At the beginning of the film, Morgan Freeman, dressed as a scientist, talks about the famous theory that a person will only use 10% of their brain. Someone may remember another movie. let `s talk about Boundless, since 2011, with Bradley Cooper. How in Lucyalso in Boundless Bradley Cooper, thanks to the chemical, manages to maximize his cognitive abilities beyond that famous 10%. So Lucy cheated Boundless? Not really. Both films refer to the myth of the exploitation of 10% of the human brain, which is actually just a myth. While Limitless continues its discussion of addictions and light but funny social critiques, Lucy focuses everything on fantasy neurosciencefrom drifting almost superhero.
Except Marvel, except Wonder Woman. According to comparisons made with characters such as Professor X, the Doctor, Scarlet Witch and Tetsuo (Akira), Lucy may be the most powerful character ever created., able to transform matter, control the mind and have access to any piece of information in the universe. To say that Lucy is something of a female John Wick would be an understatement. Lucy is threatened by the possibility of being defeated by human enemies, the tension of the story lies in another element. It’s a fight against timewe don’t tell you anymore.
When too much sucks
Myself Lucy if it was just a movie where Johansson gains powers and kills anyone who stands in front of her, we’d have nothing to complain about. But Lucy is so much more: she can modify her body, control household appliances and feel no pain. Lucy can be anyone and she can do anything: the movie unfortunately can’t keep up with her. When you have a character that slowly turns from human to god, the psychological aspect can’t be reduced to a couple of monologues between punches. Especially since component action it doesn’t seem particularly difficult (complete with market stall, car chase victim).
I seem to see two films merged into one. On the one hand beautiful and talented scarlett johansson beats as if still in the Black Widow costume, on the other existential drama about what it means to be human, kind of Ghost in armor (in which, ironically, Johansson will star in 2017). L’action suffocating existential drama, which remains a kind of ghost in the background. Every now and then Besson tries to catch him again, but never finds time to thoroughly explore the narrative theme, which he himself introduced. Lucy wants to be too many things, it remains to be seen if he will succeed in this venture or end up telling only 10%.
Scarlett always Scarlett
Success achieved Lucy undeniably extraordinary and having a main charactera choice not particularly common inactionplayed a role in the film’s popularity. So let’s talk about her, about the true heart Lucy: Scarlett Johansson. She is beautiful, kind and omnipotent, and, fortunately for mankind, devoted to goodness, otherwise she would have exterminated mankind after the first forty-five minutes of the film (if she had been sent to fight Thanos, we would have been spared The final). Scarlett makes Lucy attractive. Returning to merit where necessary, we pay tribute to Scarlett for her contribution to making us feel sympathy for a woman who seems to be losing her humanity with the gradual acquisition of cognitive abilities.
As mentioned in the movie, Lucy is also a name”first woman”, the Australopithecus we all studied in school. Lucy, a hominid, is light years away from a human, but she has a glimmer of humanity. Lucy from the movie now turned into an omniscient and omnipotent being, but jealously guards the remnants of mankind left her. Which of the two creatures can be considered more human is a question that the viewer must answer.
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