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Saturday, July 26, 2014


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.



  1. Another movie that I will rent sometime. It will be worth watching for Scar-Jo, even if the movie sucks.


    1. She's pretty much the only thing even slightly worthwhile.

  2. "Morgan Freeman (...) having walked over from the set of Transcendence" - That's exactly what I thought when I saw the trailer. Just another Freeman paycheck appearance I guess...

    1. Yeah, it's close to the same role as that movie, hell it's even a similar scenario.

    2. You're right, it's quite Transcendence-esque with weird nods to Matrix, 2001 and Phenomenon - but in some kinda way, I enjoyed it. It's faaar from being a good film, but thanks to ScarJo's excellent performance, the short runtime and decent pacing, it flew by and entertained me. Nevertheless, it's utterly stupid and there were many, many, many times where I asked myself "Was Besson high?"

    3. Him being high might explain a lot of film, especially it's elevated sense of importance...

  3. Great review!

    I enjoyed it a good bit more than you did but I agree with you that it is complete nonsense.

    It has confirmed my love of Scarlett Johansson though!

    K :-)

    1. Even though I didn't care for this, my Johansson love is still firmly in place.


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