Lucy follows the story of, well obviously a woman named Lucy (Scarlett Johansson). After being forced to deliver a briefcase containing an unknown package to a mysterious man she wants no relation with, Lucy is taken hostage. A new drug on the streets is surgically implanted into her stomach with the intention that she will smuggle it out of the country, but when the drug packet breaks and the drug spills into her bloodstream, she begins to unlock more and more capabilities.
Lucy could have been so much more fun that it really is. The film is about Scarlett Johansson's character unlocking parts of her brain that "a human couldn't normally reach" and this topic, although fictitious, could have made for a much more sophisticated, action packed and enjoyable movie. Instead we have Lucy and so it feels like a wasted opportunity. Sure, it's occasionally fun to see her explore her new abilities, a prolonged scene involving a car chase was the most exciting part of the film. But other than that, you've seen it all in the trailer. There's nothing that really stood out as fresh. There's even moments where it feels like direct rip-offs of other movies, but more about that later.
The dialogue in Lucy is pathetic. There have been some stinking dialogue in science-fiction films this year, although Transformers holds the reigns at the top of this pyramid. Lucy, however, is among these terribly written excuses for words as it features some of the most forced, unnatural and quite frankly, disturbing dialogue we've gotten this year. There's even a conversation about memories, and the memories of her mother's breast milk that made practically everyone in the audience squeamish.
The ending goes all 2001: A Space Odyssey on us, and in the worst possible way. The final twenty minutes of the film make an attempt at being 2014's 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of my all time favourite movies, but the execution is handled so poorly, the effects being even worse. Rather than raising questions, which is what 2001 does, it looses our attention and made us craving for the end. It got to a whole new level of ridiculous, greater than the rest of the film.
There's a lot of imagery that's used at the start of the movie, but forgotten after the first act. One of my favourite aspects of this film was that it decided to cut between the scene at hand and animal imagery. This imagery is used to represent so much more than what's on screen, but then the film stops using it. It felt like they tried to take that approach, but didn't think that approach was working. If they'd kept it consistent for the entire runtime then I probably would have enjoyed this film, or at least respected it a little more.
To sum up, Lucy is a mess of a movie. It's rarely fun, all the good bits were shown in the trailer, the dialogue is absolutely pathetic and the ending is just ridiculous. There are, surprisingly, brief moments of fun to be had throughout.