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Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Lucy

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Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi

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So, I was about to see Deliver Us From Evil in a hall all to ‘myself’ until something interesting happened that altered the course of time forever. I changed my mind and decided to see Lucy instead. I know you must be wondering, ‘Why pick Deliver Us From Evil over Lucy in the first place right??’ Well, that’s a story for another day.

Lucy tells the story of a woman who accidentally gets caught in a dark deal and gets some “Limitless” pills mistakenly released into her blood stream. She then experiences some “Transcendence” evolving into a merciless warrior with intelligence beyond human logic and turns the tables on her captors.

Three words to describe this movie.  Limitless Meets Transcendence.
There’s Bradley Cooper and then there’s Scarlett Johansson. Two blondes (I think blondes were selected to prove a point) who happened to consume drugs that boosts their cellular and mental capabilities. She then begins to transform and develop superior mental abilities like Johnny Depp from another 2014 sci-fi thriller, Transcendence where Morgan Freeman, again plays basically the same role as he did in Lucy. I am not complaining though. I would watch Morgan Freeman talk about Dolphins for 2 hours. Wait, he has done that already. Sigh.
Gladly, Lucy is better than Transcendence which was a flop but I’d go with Bradley Cooper’s Limitless which was a master piece by Neil Burger (The Illusionist).

The plot for Lucy however unoriginal it may be was in no way simple. It’s a thriller which tries to mess with our minds but wasn’t so successful. For starters, this movie isn’t even for everyone. This will probably be the Cloud Atlas of 2014. The movie that splits everyone evenly. The major flaw it has is there was just too much to take in from a realistic point of view. But hey, we use just 10% of our cerebral capacity right? So I guess seeing something as mind blowing as a woman unlocking 50%, 70% and even 100% of her brain’s capacity will be a little too much to swallow for some of us.

While its scientific technicality (either accurately or inaccurately) is a subject of debate, Prof. Samuel Norman’s (Morgan Freeman) scenes in the classes with Lucy’s transformation were quite catchy and informative enough to lay a good foundation for its audience to understand the movie in the stages where her mental abilities were below 70%.  Beyond that point, it got a bit too hard to swallow.
Then one thing I picked out though (which may sound weird) was the fact that she had a good relationship with her folks. In most similar scripts its usually the opposite. I liked that about this one. Brought some warmth to it. Made me tear up a teeny weeny bit *sniff*
The added humor here and there? Nice! Liked that a lot too. Made me relax a little

Scarlett Johansson as Lucy? Nailed it. Just as the Black Widow in The Avengers, she definitely should kick ass much more. Who knows? Her next role in an action movie could kick Angelina Jolie off the charts. I mean, this got her the third spot for the highest-grossing female-driven action film after Wanted (featuring Angelina Jolie) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (feat. Angeline Jolie…AGAIN). It’s about time we had a successor.

Morgan Freeman as Prof Norman. Always on point. Doubt I need to elaborate on his performance. But sorry Morgan. Most of the credit goes to Scarlett for this one.

I even liked the attitude played by the ‘chinco’, Choi Min-Sik (please ignore me. He is actually Korean) as the druglord, Mr. Jang. Very ‘kingpinnish’ I must say.

Luc Besson, an acclaimed Director with works like Leon The Professional and Fifth Element did a great job with Lucy. Giving us  intelligent monologues from Johansson which were deep and thought provoking. If you are expecting out of the world action sequences like the trailer promised though, you might be a little disappointed. But there is an awesome car chase and some impressive visual effects here and there.

Verdict
Watching Lucy was pretty much a worthy end to my busy week. To be honest, I wasn’t so keen on seeing it so soon and I kind of expected the weird twists and turns towards the end. So when it finally blew up in my face I wasn’t disappointed. Let me say I was ‘content’.

So Lucy for us at S& P HQ scores a Sodas & Hotdog. This is because it is an intelligent movie which tries very much to carry the audience along, but can’t help but loose us at some points.

We at Sodas and Popcorn would like to know however, who sold the ‘super drug’ better, Lucy [Lucy] or Eddie Morra [Limitless]?

Check out the review of  one of the year’s best movies so far. Guardians of the Galaxy.

Review is written by Kiki and M.Y

 

Hello there, we are Sodas & Popcorn. An award winning movie blog at the Nigerian Blog Awards. We review the movies released to Nigerian and International cinemas and give the trusted verdict on the movie to our readers.

22 Comments

  1. EduHenry

    September 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Nice post.. Bt I beg to disagree.. Transcendence isn’t a FLOP.. On d other, it’s a very nice movie.. That’s all..

    • Tina22

      September 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      I have to agree with you. That movie is highly underrated. I guess a lot of people just didn’t get it. So sad it was a flop.

  2. Uche

    September 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    didn’t like it much!!!!….

  3. @edDREAMZ

    September 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Just wished i have this movie on my laptop…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  4. Nwamaka

    September 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I give it 5/10. it felt like half of a movie.

  5. dee

    September 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I liked Morgan’s speech at the beginning and the humour here and there…Scarlett is going places, love her in action packed roles but the movie is 4/10 for me

  6. Http://xplorenollywood.blogspot.com

    September 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Lucy was all action packed at the beginning and then a wet sponge at the end. Scarlett delivers and is completely badass. Morgan is like you mentioned Morgan. I will take Transcendence over this, cos with the latter, it’s going somewhere. On the other side, people who go to watch movies in the cinemas just have need to learn how to be quiet or better still shut the hell-up. I appreciate the once in a while smart remarks, if at all your remark is even smart, but all this yapping here and there and then people passing loud comments and basically explaining to other people each scene is getting too much to deal. If you are in the cinema, you are not there alone. Respect the other people in the room and shut the hell-up already!!! Jesus…

  7. yt

    September 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    that Lucy movie was an epic fail…waste of cash and time!

  8. dis son

    September 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Lucy is up there with one of the worst films I’ve ever seen – it should be illegal to spread such pseudoscience in such a serious way.

  9. Mabel

    September 4, 2014 at 5:10 am

    My sister saw it and thought it was the biggest waste of her time. I will watch it online and save myself the money. I saw Limitless and thought that was a great movie.

  10. Motun

    September 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Watching Lucy for me was really not a waste of time but I expected more, Transcendence on the other hand wasn’t all that for me.

  11. gigi

    September 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

    LUCY WAS ABSOLUTE CRAP!!! The beginning was ok but kinda became stupid towards the end….

  12. bukola

    September 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I watched the movie at the cinemas and i enjoyed it, lost about 10mins at the beginning of the movie but all in all i enjoyed it.

  13. 3T

    September 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Watched the movie ystday, 80% of the audience hissed immediately the movie ended. Guess they didn’t like the way it ended
    Morgan Freeman nailed it!

  14. Tee

    September 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Worst movie of the year, wasted my time and money on IMAX!!!

  15. JIK BUYER

    September 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This movie was RUBBISH!!!!! completely unrealistic. started out ok…not amazing or anything but at least you’d want to see where it was going. By the end it was absolutely preposterous. This really reduced the price of Jik……

  16. beauty

    September 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Lucy was the bomb. Quite futuristic in terms of where human intelligence is headed if we can remove our inhibitions…

  17. Gina

    September 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    diint dig the movie at all. Hissed at the end of the movie.

  18. Agatha

    September 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I loved Lucy….a great combination of scientific and religious belief/thoughts…..loads of information thrown in here and there. I liked limitless alot and think it sold the ‘super drug’ better but I can relate more to Lucy even if the end was a wet sponge like someone commented….I will def watch it again.

  19. Rob McKay

    September 5, 2014 at 8:19 am

    We loved LUCY. Brilliant people. Only simpletons who know nothing of quantum mechanics, evolution and the Big Bang will find it hard to follow

    • Stephen

      September 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Nah, none of that was accurate. It’s just in the script to justify why Scarlett Johansson can make people float with her mind and some drugs.

  20. Mo'

    September 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    It takes someone with sound knowledge of basic physics and biology to get the movie, not anyone’s fault if some folks dont get it.

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