Movie Review: Lucy

I wanted to see Lucy when it was out in theaters but I didn’t get the chance. So when I found out that it was available for home entertainment purposes, I naturally went out and picked it up. The back of the box doesn’t exactly show the best parts about this movie.

“An action-thriller about a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors. Altered by a dangerous new drug allowing her to use 100% of her brain capacity, Lucy transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.”

This movie does not start out slowly. It starts right at the beginning of the story. You’ve got two characters, Richard and Lucy, who are clearly Americans having some sort of dispute in front of a building in Taiwan. The movie never clarifies why either Lucy or Richard are in Taiwan, but there are tons of different reasons why they could be. It’s clear that they just met and that Lucy isn’t exactly fond of Richard. Lucy is actually pretty smart and she refuses to be part of what Richard is doing and is curious about what’s going on. She suspects Richard is involved in things that are shady and she doesn’t want to participate. He manipulates her into taking a suitcase into the building and her life spirals into a very frightening series of events, starting with watching Richard get shot and then being forced to open the suitcase and then knocked unconscious and waking up with a package inserted into her stomach.

It’s interesting to me to note that when the movie starts talking about how the cell will either choose immortality or reproduction, that none of the female species shown appear to be enjoying the mating rituals at all. Except the humans in the back of the car, anyway.

The common thought throughout certain communities has been that humans are only using approximately 10% of our total capacity in our brains. This movie speculates about what would happen if someone was able to use more of their brains than that 10%. I can’t remember the internet sites and I don’t feel like doing the research right now, but I kind of remember in the last several months reading that this is actually a misnomer and that we are fairly efficient with our use of our brains. But, again, I don’t remember where or when I read it and I don’t remember what the sites were, or how credible they might be.

I think one of the things I’m starting to be less thrilled with is how much of the movie is shown in the preview. If you’ve seen the preview for this movie, you’ve seen a lot of the movie. I think I would have been a lot more engrossed in the story if I didn’t already know what was going to happen. The good news, though, is that Lucy builds suspense very well and that the movie really motivates you to want to know what happens next and how things move forward. It also really motivates me to learn Chinese so that I can get more out of the movie. Because you don’t start getting subtitles in the movie until Lucy herself starts understanding other languages. In this way, the movie is really well done because you can experience the same confusion and terror that Lucy does while she’s trying to figure out what happened to her. When she finally does develop questions about what she should do, she calls an expert.

“If you’re asking me what to do … you know, if you think about the very nature of life, I mean, from the very beginning, the development of the first cell divided into two cells. This whole purpose of life has been to pass on what was learned. There is no higher purpose. So if you’re asking me what to do with all this knowledge you’re accumulating, I’d say pass it on.”

I liked this part a lot because it’s one of the key motivational factors for me in pursuing teaching as an occupation. I like sharing my knowledge and experience and I think I can really make a positive impact and help people realize how much fun learning and knowledge are.

This is a pretty fantastic part of the movie: “Everything’s different now. Like sounds are music that I can understand like fluids. It’s funny. I used to be so concerned with who I was and what I wanted to be and now that I’ve access to the furthest reaches of my brain, I see things clearly and realize that what makes us us – it’s primitive. They’re all obstacles. Does that make any sense?”

Overall, I’d say this movie is a three on my rating scale. I’m glad I own it and I’m sure I will watch it again in the future, though my first reaction after the movie finished was to feel like I needed to get drunk and discuss philosophy.

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About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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One Response to Movie Review: Lucy

  1. ZJSimon says:

    “how much of the movie is shown in the preview. If you’ve seen the preview for this movie, you’ve seen a lot of the movie” I can’t agree with you enough on this point. I also envy any student who has you for a teacher 🙂

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