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Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Lucy



Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi
Theatrical Release Date: July 25, 2014
Synopsis: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and evolves beyond human logic.
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5 total ratings


The Good

The trailer is pretty cool, despite being a complete misrepresentation of the actual content.

The Bad

Boring, preachy, pretentious, poorly acted, rambling... insert additional negative adjectives here.

Bottom Line

If you’re a person of faith, prepare to be offended. If you’re not, prepare to be bored out of your mind. Lucy is the summer’s biggest disappointment.

Posted July 25, 2014 by

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This Quick Review is spoiler-free.
Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Lucy

Get used to this expression. You’ll be seeing a lot of it.

Before you read any further, I feel it’s important to tell you that the only reason I gave Lucy 1/2 a star is because I was afraid that if I gave the film 0 stars, people might assume I had forgotten to score it, and mistakenly believe there was even the hint of a chance that it is an enjoyable movie. Yes, Lucy is that bad.

Remember those really cool trailers for Scarlett Johansson‘s latest superhuman action flick, Lucy? Remember how you thought, “Oh yeah! ScarJo is kicking butt and taking names, just like in The Avengers!” Remember how visions of a Black Widow solo film danced before your eyes?

If you’re planning to see Lucy, you need to put all of that out of your mind. The cake is a lie, and so are the trailers for Lucy.

Lucy is not really what I would consider an action film. Sure, there are scenes with action, but they feel forced and obligatory. They are in the movie because the director felt they needed to be, not because they contribute to the story. The same can be said for the unnecessary random scenes of “grit” that do nothing to advance the plot. There really was no reason that Lucy needed to be an R-rated film. Everything Lucy seeks to be could have easily been accomplished in a PG-13 movie. I can only assume that the R rating gave the director a feeling of legitimacy.

I mentioned the film’s “story” and “plot” in the previous paragraph. This is where Lucy really unravels. There’s not so much a story as there is a pretentious, preachy, over-the-top love letter to evolution. Don’t get me wrong, I knew there were elements of that from what I saw in the trailers. But I was unprepared for the overwhelming, fanatical focus on all things Darwin, and the blatant disgust for humanity as we know it. At one point, the film takes iconic religious symbolism and uses it for its own awkward, rambling, incomprehensible agenda.

There’s really not much acting to be found in Lucy, either. After the film’s opening scenes, Scarlett Johansson becomes a monotone, stony-faced, emotionless robot. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear I was watching Kristen Stewart’s “performances” in the Twilight films.

Even the film’s many, many… many FX sequences are unevenly done. Some of them looked like they were straight out of the 80s. I’m not sure where the film’s budget was spent, but I hope it wasn’t on the CG.

It’s really impossible to overstate how much I disliked Lucy. Do yourself a favor and wait for it to hit cable, and then cancel your cable subscription before you make the mistake of accidentally watching it. 1/2 a star.

Have you seen Lucy?

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Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.