Monday, April 20, 2015

Movie review: Lucy

Lucy is about a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) in who is exposed to a drug that unlocks the full capacity of the human brain. Once she realizes what's happened to her, she's in a race against time to get to a brain expert (Morgan Freeman) so she can share the sum of human potential before her body shuts down. Plus, the people who exposed her to the drug want it back.

The first reel is a little slow and frustrating, showing how Lucy came to be duped and forced to be a drug mule in Taiwan. The drugs were surgically inserted under the skin of her abdomen, and eventually the bag breaks, releasing a massive dose into her system.

The rest is a thrill ride of car chases, explosions and telekinesis that passes by way too fast with not nearly enough exposition. There's a lot of surreal cross cutting between scenes, but that actually made the whole thing more interesting.

Lucy was better than it had a right to be. The plot holes were huge and many, but the action was entertaining enough that it didn't matter. I'd watch it again, and even consider purchasing it.

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