LUCY – Better People Through Science?

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

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – Sin is Universal

This rebooted Planet of the Apes series continues to surprise me. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was good, and showed amazing potential. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took what was established in Rise and built upon it in an astonishing way. This film is an engaging, emotional and thoughtful piece of science-fiction. It is one of the best films I have seen this year.

Dawn‘s strength came from telling an old story in a unique way. The film was both a Shakespearean tragedy coupled with a western – an existential examination of the depths of the human heart and the classic struggle between “savage” natives and “civilized” settlers. However, what made this story different and interesting was that all sides in the struggle were equally culpable in the inevitable conclusion. There was no real moral difference between the humans and the apes, and there were villains on both sides.

This film was an uncomfortable reminder that we are all sinners before God. We may think ourselves superior to other people, but when it comes down to it, we have the capability of being just as depraved as anyone else. Sin is sin to the Lord, and He is the only one who can change our hearts and turn us from our natural instincts.

Prepare for dawn… SPOILERS AHEAD!

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