LUCY – REVIEW
By Lethiwe Mdluli
Cast: Scarlett Johansson as Lucy
Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman
Choi Min-Sik as Kang
Analeigh Tipton as Caroline
Amr Waked as Pierre Del Rio
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality
Duration: 90 minutes
Imagine you are a student living in a foreign country, having the time of your life. One day your dodgy boyfriend gets you involved with some dangerous people who don’t even speak the same language as you. Luc Besson’s, “Lucy,” is a thriller about an American woman who gets kidnapped into service as a drug mule, bearing an experimental synthetic hormone. The woman accidentally absorbs some of it, then sheds her physical, intellectual and perceptual limitations.
At first when you start watching the movie, you think it’s all about a woman who gets involved with the wrong crowd, but the whole movie has brilliant twists and turns that leave the hairs on your back standing up. It’s not just your normal movie twist where someone is introduced in the middle of the movie to try and save the day, and the main character realizes she can take on these gangsters.
This is not your normal action movie, it’s not your normal science fiction movie, it’s not your typical romantic or adventure movie, even though it has all these elements in it. They managed to have all of these different genres in one movie and it was beautifully executed. In the middle of the movie you find yourself asking a lot of questions about life and how the world is supposed to be.
If you are not familiar with scientific words or you didn’t study science you might have to watch the movie twice just so you can make sense of it. You will find yourself with a lot of questions and many gaps that you need filled. If you are familiar with science, the movie will
leave you with a lot of questions about life and you will feel the need to go and do more research just so you can get answers.
Luc Besson did a really good job with this one, even though it has similarities to movies like The Matrix and Avatar. The good thing about this movie is that it is more than just about guns. It doesn’t stick or focus on one thing like The Matrix. Scarlet Johansson, who stars as Lucy, put on a good performance.
If you feel like you are in the mood for a good, informative and adrenaline filled movie, this is a movie to watch. But because it requires you to focus and dedicate all your attention to it, you might not want to take your partner or that friend who is always making conversation.