Film Review: Lucy

Lucy

Luc Besson’s Lucy is an enjoyable sci-fi thriller which certainly offers something different.

When a young woman is forced to deliver a package to a wealthy businessman, it is only the beginning of her ordeal. When an incident causes fundamental changes in Lucy’s body, she uses these to her advantage…

Luc Besson’s Lucy is ultimately a playful film that will keep audiences entertained. Viewers may not be quite expecting what the the film turns into, particularly with the impression given by the film’s trailers. Nonetheless, this is not a bad thing; the unpredictability of the tone retains the attention throughout.

The film is certainly offbeat. Lucy is thoroughly entertaining in its absurdity. The film relies heavily on a combination of scientific theory and fantasy conjecture. This permeates the film’s themes and narrative. The ideas that Lucy tackles are big. Besson focuses these through the protagonist like a microcosmic funnel. Some viewers may find the outcome of the film a little outlandish, but it is fitting in terms of the ideas that the film works with from the very beginning. Lucy explores some philosophical ideas whilst retaining its sense of humour. The film does not take itself too seriously, which is a definite plus point.

Like some of his previous work, Besson places a strong female protagonist at the heart of the film. This is particularly important, given just how male-dominated the rest of the cast is. Scarlett Johansson is decent as Lucy, playing the title role with a necessary and bold confidence. Morgan Freeman is cast in a familiarly omnipotent role, whilst Min-sik Choi is delightfully wicked as the cartoonish villain. Special effects in Lucy are great. The film is well paced, and the action sequences are effectively executed.

Lucy will not satisfy all audiences, but it is fun viewing, as well as being refreshing in its sense of the unorthodox.