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FILM REVIEW: Lucy (15)

| August 22, 2014

Released : 22nd August 2014
Rated : 15
Running Time: 89 mins
BBFCinsight: Strong bloody violence
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

Humans only use 10% of the power of their brain while some mammals, such a dolphins, utilise 20% however in this film we see what happens when Lucy’s brain is taken to 100% of its capacity.

Set in Taiwan, Lucy is an action thriller starring Scarlett Johansson in the title role. Tricked into handing over a case with unknown contents by her boyfriend of just one week, Lucy is taken to a hotel room where shady Taiwanese gangsters force her to open the case. The gangsters themselves claim not to know the contents of the case and as a precaution take cover behind blast proof shields when the locks are undone.

The contents turn out to be four packs of blue crystals which are claimed to be a synthetically manufactured drug called CPH4. One of the packs is implanted in Lucy’s stomach with the intention of her travelling to a foreign country and carrying it through customs where the drug will be sold to teenagers and addicts. However while still being held prisoner Lucy is beaten and kicked in the stomach which causes the pack of drugs to rupture.

As the drug leaks into her body her brain capacity increases unlocking superhuman powers.

Lucy’s only hope is to contact Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) who has carried out research into brain power and give lectures on what we could achieve if only humans could unlock the unused power of our brains.

The film follows Lucy as she takes in the whole worlds knowledge and desperately tries to recover the other packs of the drug in order to feed her addiction and keep herself alive.

I found the film to be very entertaining, probably one of the best films to be released so far this year. Not only is there lots of action, chases and suspense but this film poses questions as to what intelligence actually is. It’s a very thought provoking film with a top class performances from Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman who delivers the role of Professor Norman with ease and very high credibility. This is definitely a must-see film however it’s not for the squeamish as there’s rather a lot of blood and injury in the film.

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