When watching movie like Godzilla, you don’t ask, “Why are tank rounds bouncing off a reptile?” or, “How can an insect be a big as Mothra and fly?” But, a movie that tries to blow your mind with its thought provoking story shouldn’t peddle the tired old myth that humans only use 10% of their brain. Or that unlocking the rest would give us supernatural powers.
Lucy starts with Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) being tricked by her boyfriend into delivering a mysterious briefcase to “Mr.” Jang (Min-sik Choi), a drug dealing gangster. Tip: Girls, if your boyfriend wears a straw hat, don’t let him handcuff you to his luggage. Jang cuts Lucy’s belly and puts in a package from the briefcase to smuggle it out of the country. Unfortunately (?) for Lucy, the bag breaks open and the drug sends her into a seizure-like state where she defies gravity and twitchs on the ceiling. All the while, Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) is giving a lecture somewhere explaining whats happening.
He tells us that when we get access to more of our brain, “Interesting thing begin to happen.” I’d say! At 20% you begin to control your body. At 30% you can control others, and at 40% you can control objects. telepathy and telekinesis, child’s play for any brainiac.
The acting in Lucy is excellent and the effects very cool. Plus, Lucy doesn’t use her power for a revenge binge or to conquer the world, ala Jonny Deep in Transcendence. Why would someone smart enough to see through petty emotions, become consumed by power lust?