Luc Besson rarely lets the viewer down, a French director, producer and writer who is best known for thrillers and action films like Nikita (1990) through Leon (1994) to Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) and the badly received The Family (2013) - which I thoroughly enjoyed. His latest directorial outing, of which he also wrote the screenplay and produced, is Lucy (2014) a movie that is in a class of its very own and defines what entertainment should really be about. But if Besson ‘is the man’ then Scarlett Johansson ‘is the woman’, how I love a women with a gun!
Johansson is Lucy a young American living in Taipei, Taiwan who is conned by her boyfriend Richard (Danish actor Pilou Asbaek whom you may have seen in A Hijacking 2012) into delivering a briefcase to Mr Jang (Choi Min-sik, the star of two classic S Korean movies 2005’s Lady Vengeance and 2003’s Old Boy) who turns out to be a notorious South Korean gangster. He kidnaps Lucy and forces her, and three other men, to become drug mules, operating on them and inserting bags of CPH4 into their stomachs. While waiting her turn to deliver the drugs she gets beaten, kicked in the stomach, which in turn releases the drug into her system with very dire circumstances. The drug is a synthetic version of the chemical that stimulates brain growth in foetuses, but in the large dose that Lucy imbibes in to her body it can escalate the use of the human brain from the 10% we generally use to a level unknown to Professor Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman) who specialises in brainpower. Our heroine gradually develops psychokinetic abilities that according to Mr Besson result in supernatural powers. With the help of Pierre Del Rio (Amr Waked - Winter of Discontent 2012) of the French police force Lucy set’s out to track down the remaining drug mules with Mr Jang and his gangsters in hot pursuit.
Another visually rich film, head and shoulders above many other action thrillers, a film without a single dull moment, of course it’s a exaggerated load of hocus pocus but to get the best from this exciting film just ignore the nonsensical plot, sit back and enjoy 90 minutes of complete escapism – and Scarlett Johansson!