Write a smarter movie review of the movie Lucy. That’s my to-do list for the weekend. Once again I was bitten by the slick movie trailer antics of Hollywood along with the pushy marketing on the Internet and television. I was on a quest for a smarter sci-fi movie that was propelled by a beautiful young movie starlet. I waited and watched the trailer over and over again. The trailer only gave me a small taste of what was in store. They teased with some special effects and threw in the intellectual and grandfatherly Morgan Freeman to coax you along into thinking there was something cosmic and smarter to look forward in the realm of science fiction movies.
Luc Besson directed Lucy and I don’t normally follow movie directors but in this film I did take notice of his unique approach to cinematography. There was a car chase in this film and I couldn’t say it was that unique compared to other car chase scenes in movies. Without giving away the film’s plot I was a bit disappointed with the scant dialogue and the liberty Mr. Besson took with using a little too much stock footage from what looked like something from the Animal Planet. I guess it was smarter in the respect that it explained the nonverbal things that Lucy was experiencing. Perhaps this could have been done with a little more acting or some other original cinematic device.
The special effects were quite smooth and didn’t really interfere wit h the flow of the movie. I did notice the heavy use of a more common 3-d effect called particle systems which could have meant that Mr. Besson was shooting for a lower budget in this department and trying to be economically smarter about the film’s budget.
Scarlett Johansson is a beautiful young movie star and she did play the part well but do to scant dialogue it was more her appearance than her acting that made the movie.
Morgan Freeman is a Hollywood veteran that can always deliver this type of role in a very convincing manner. His mellow voice and demeanor make you feel that you’ve went and seen a smarter movie. He’s unique in the sense that he can effectively dodge stereotyping and can play almost any type of role.
Overall I did enjoy Lucy and took note of it’s unique plot concept. On the other hand it didn’t really knock my socks emotionally but I was able to live vicariously through the film by seeing Lucy out-psych the bad guys. I don’t think this movie needs a sequel.