Saturday, July 26, 2014


Plot: Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is forced to be a drug mule, but the bag holding the drugs in  her stomach bursts, and she gets a super-mega dose of a psychoactive drug -- this supercharges her brain and gives her  great intelligence, mind-reading, body morphing, and other super powers.  She tracks down the rest of the drug mules in Europe, and the drug lord tries to get back at her. She keeps developing and growing until she can't anymore. [imdb]    [photos]

Review: I loved it, and I want to see it again. 

It has a magic-reality, non-linear story telling style that I like, but everyone doesn't.  Everything isn't literally happening or true like they show it -- you are seeing the symbolic reality.  Cloud Atlas was like that -- and many reviewers never understood it. 

Lucy has a lot of philosophy-speak, and in the same way -- it is a symbol for philosophy -- you don't need it to make sense to "Get it."  Get it means that people can be better than they are, and that we need more unity of vision & unity of people to be better. See Major Spoiler at the end. 

I loved Scarlett Johansson -- who gives us a great tearful phone call to Mom, and a kick ass super hero too. Morgan Freeman is great, but I am tired of him playing a scientist. I get it that he can be geeky without being threatening, but let's move to the next generation.

There are several good visuals including the cheetahs eating the antelope, Lucy's hand morphing scene, and who expected a pile up of French police cars. 

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

Written and directed by: Luc Besson

Rating: 4.0 stars: Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. 

More: I did not like how it is a drug that leads to all this enlightenment. I think it sends a bad message about drugs. 

Major Spoiler:  Lucy has the same story as 2001 Space Odyssey, and the final scene's flash drive is supposed to be like the 2001 obelisk. (In the book, the obelisk is full of stars, like the flash drive.)

In both movies we see an ancient apes making the step to humanity and the we see a modern human (the astronaut & the modern Lucy) making a step to be come a trans-human or star baby or the singularity.

Finally, the movie isn't about using drugs to achieve super powers, it is about people being unified in purpose and achieving a unity of knowledge to help the society progress.