I was fortunate enough to attend an advance screening of the new Scarlett Johansson movie, Lucy, at the Lincoln Square Theater. I think I’ve seen every Johansson flick ever made, and she seems to get better and better with each role she portrays. With that being said, I couldn’t wait to witness Johansson develop superhuman powers due to a new drug that enhances her ability to utilize the full capacity of her brain. Confused yet?
The movie starts out with Johansson’s character Lucy, as a normal college student/party girl, who happens to get involved with the wrong guy. We’ve all been there. The mayhem ensues after she is tricked by her “boyfriend” to deliver a mysterious suitcase to a suspicious Taiwanese gang leader and his henchmen.
What I love about this film is that it’s not just an action film. Although I enjoyed watching Johansson destroy her enemies, this movie has much more to offer. It’s incredibly smart and full of valuable knowledge. There are also funny moments, and the emotions that Johansson captures with her superb acting skills, really round out the cinematic experience.
The credit for the film’s structure goes to French director, Luc Besson. With TV shows and movies like, La Femme Nikita, Joan of Arc and The Fifth Element under his belt, Lucy was bound to have that mixture of sci-fi and history meets modern day warrior princess.
Academy award winner, Morgan Freeman also stars in the movie as Professor Norman, the man who knows everything…except what happens when you use 100 percent of your brain’s capacity. Freeman is typecast as the voice of reason and explains that people only use 10 percent of their brains. Lucy, however, gains knowledge at a rapid pace and the film shows what happens at each stage of development.
I have to admit, the movie can be a bit confusing at times. Especially when Lucy rambles on about how the brain really works. As I was leaving the theater, I overheard a guy say, “I can’t wait to see this movie again so I can really understand it.” No, I wasn’t eavesdropping. I was just using my temporal lobe, the part of my brain that tunes into what everybody is saying so I can gather as much info as possible. Plus, he was talking extremely loud right in back of me.
Overall, I really enjoyed the screening, and the amazing soundtrack made the film complete. I definitely think this is a go-see movie and will end up being a summer blockbuster, for sure.
Lucy will be released in theaters on Friday, July 25.