A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
The latest from Luc Besson is an action thriller led by Scarlett Johansson, with a nonsensical sci-fi plot, but a lot of fun to be had nonetheless. The story follows the titular Lucy (Johansson), who is tricked into delivering a new superdrug to a Korean drug lord (Oldboy’s Choi Min-Sik), before being subsequently captured and forced to smuggle the drugs back home. When the packet splits inside her body, the drugs start to raise her cerebral capacity which leads to numerous ‘powers’ that continue to increase as time goes on and the drugs circulate further through her body.
The plot itself is ridiculous and makes little sense, from a scientific or from a follow-the-logic perspective, but the film overcomes this through Johansson’s strong performance and some thrilling action sequences. Johansson is perfect as ‘Lucy’, capable of portraying her initial vulnerability and capable of showing her increased confidence as the drug starts to take effect, and she’s backed up by a diverse cast including Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked and the aforementioned Choi Min-Sik, in his first english language role.
Clocking in at just shy of 90 minutes, the film whizzes by, and whilst Besson’s attempts for the story to resonate on a deeper level ultimately fail, it doesn’t mean we’re not having fun watching the chaos unfold.
Directed By: Luc Besson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-Siki, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbaek and Analeigh Tipton