Scarlett Johansson stars in this week's release, Lucy.
|"What have I done? |
Why did I take this role?"
Lucy blends familiar themes we've already visited with other movies like Limitless and The Matrix. However, Luc Besson doesn't have the chops to deliver anything as high brow as Lucy. Every time the movie starts to make some headway, Besson becomes self aware and boastfully tries to manipulate this in to another Transporter movie with ludicrous action sequences, onslaughts of vehicular stunt work, and French cops that are better suited to the umpteen atrocities he's produced in the last decade. This is Besson at his worst and he (as a director) belongs nowhere near the summer season. With that said, Lucy would feel right at home amongst the dregs of the fall release schedule.
|"Stop checking out my guns."|
Lucy is symptomatic of a director with a big head and too much creative control. Besson goes all out to impress audiences with artistic cut scenes that feel contrived, out of place, and insultingly barren of any true meaning. We get dinosaurs, primates, vast explorations of space, the breakdown of cellular structure, chase scene after chase scene, and asian gangsters that want Scarlett dead. That's Lucy: a muddled feature by the same guy that made movies like The Professional and The Fifth Element. What?
In the hands of a more capable, youthful director with a grasp on how to blend modern science fiction with action, Lucy could have been good. But, it's not.