Luc Besson’s Lucy is a poorly-executed movie with an interesting premise that is mildly intriguing, but unravels under its own promise. This is both a surprise and disappointment, as I have been an admirer of some of Besson’s films, such as The Fifth Element. This film does what any good film should not – follow two very different sets of logic that converge into a gigantic mess by the final act. What would happen if humans could use 100% of their brain? Apparently, anything and everything. But maybe not? I don’t know. I’m confused! I need a nap.
Lucy did have its good points. The action is very slick and clean, which is what I would expect from Besson. Scarlett Johannson and company do well with what they have, but it’s not much. None of this can cover up the sloppiness of the editing and overall storytelling.
Despite it’s incoherent style, tone and story, Lucy has a lot to say thematically. This film is very humanistic in tone, which opens up an interesting spiritual conversation. Since man’s beginning, he has always been tempted to believe that he can know as much as God, or transcend his own finite existence under his own power. It seems that Besson believes that there is a way to achieve this – through science and knowledge. However, this belief negates the inherent existence of sin in every person’s heart, and it is sin that blinds us to the actual truth of life and the knowledge of God.
Going into 100% of the movie… SPOILERS AHEAD