I don’t think anyone creates such interesting and iconic female characters as writer/director Luc Besson.
Think Nikita – the female assassin.
Milla Jovovich as Leeloo in Fifth Element.
And, who could ever forget Natalie Portman as Mathilda in Leon: The Professional?
Besson, a master in portraying a strong, yet vulnerable female lead, attempts to continue this streak in his newest feature – Lucy.
Played by Scarlett Johansson, Lucy is captured by a drug lord in Taipei, and forced to become a mule. A package containing a new product on the market is planted inside her stomach, but begins to leak after she is repeatedly kicked in the gut. The drug gradually unlocks previously inaccessible parts of her brain, until she is finally able to use all of its hundred percent (humans supposedly use only ten percent of their brain). This is the interesting part of the plot.
The rest, which depicts Lucy’s superiority over every other being on the planet, is simply dull. It’s all been done and seen before.
The movie is rushed, slightly confusing, and simply not as captivating as I had hoped it would be. The ending is especially and disappointingly cliched. Maybe it’s because of my new mom brain, but I simply don’t understand Lucy’s final words: “Life was given to us a billion years ago. Now you know what to do with it.” Um, live it? Enjoy it? Disregard materialism in favour of life that is rich in family, friends, and love? I don’t know. I feel Besson failed to transmit the answer clearly. Major part of the film consists of scenes of violence and Lucy trying to get to the remainder of the drug. It’s like Besson was slightly confused as to whether he wanted to make a revenge movie, a chase film or a Matrix-like piece that bends (or even tickles) the viewer’s brain. The movie, which supposedly was nine years in the making (!) could have been brilliant, yet it is simply average.