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Lucy - Review

When you examine Luc Besson writing credentials you throw up a CV which is impressive to say the least. Add to that his expertise behind the camera as a film director and you end up with the mix for what should be an incredible film.

So does Lucy hit the mark or is it off by a mile? (Potential spoiler alert...read on at your own risk)

For some reason I had expected our protagonist, Lucy, to be the type of Black Widow character Scarlet Johannson has played in the past. The character turns out to be far more interesting than I had anticipated.  Faced with a life altering situation Scarlett Johansson gets under the ski, so to speak, of a woman evolving past the limitations of the human condition while trying desperately to retain her humanity as she seeks a purpose to her new existance. Johannson gives a brilliant performance in this one and its impossible to see where she can go wrong with her career turning out solid performances time and time again.

Lucy eventually finds an inspirational guide in the form of Morgan Freeman who sets up the conclusion for Lucy's story. All the while this goes on, Lucy is being chased by a drug lord and he is not happy.

The story is more than a little far fetched but what good science fiction story isn't? The set up of the story is very real and more than a little uncomfortable when you see how easily someone can become a drug mule.

I couldn't help but think that more could be made of the story and I did think the plot was rushed through. Don't get me wrong its a great story and a must see for cinema goers but there was potential here for something epic and we were simply left with just a decent film. Like me its easy to see Besson's Influence's shinning through in this one with some of the sequences reminiscent of Kubrick's work on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I'm giving this one a **** rating. To be honest I am being a little hard on Luc Besson. I am not sure how he could have made it better but I was just left feeling that I wanted more.

Happy watching my friends,


The Jafwords rating system.

***** (Awesome)
**** (Almost awesome but with some flaws)
*** (To be honest it could have been better)
** (Struggling to say good things)
* (Dear director give me my money back)

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