Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson headline this EuropaCorp/TF1 Films co-production directed by Luc Besson, and released by Universal Pictures. The story centers on a woman (Johansson) who falls prey to sinister underworld forces, but who gains superhuman abilities that allow her to strike back at her oppressors. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Release Date: Jul 25, 2014
Rated: R for Sexuality, Disturbing Images and Strong Violence
Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
Luc Besson has made some solid films over his career but he’s made some fairly terrible ones as well. Lucy falls into latter category in spite of Scarlett Johansson’s best Small Wonder impression. Besson waste a fairly decent premise which is rather intriguing for an instant before it devolves into a rapid vortex of stupidity all while playing it straight. Besson really thinks he’s making a thought provoking film that’s posing some serious questions, you can tell by the film student quick cuts of stock footage to hammer home points, instead it’s probably one of the stupidest movies I’ve seen this year. By the time the third act pops up and Morgan Freeman shows up, presumably having walked over from the set of Transcendence, you just have to hold out to see when this silliness will end which it does rather quickly and abruptly.