Editors Note: We all love summer flicks. But, even the most avid movie head cant see it all. I missed Lucy this summer. Fortunately, Christina Mason did not. Check out this solid review below. -M.P.
Movie Review By Christina Mason
Written and Directed by Luc Besson
Lucy ‘ s opening date of July 7, 2014 rewritten as 777 was code that the minds behind the film know the power and effective use of numbers. Mystics associate the number 7 with the Goddess, spiritual enlightenment and revealing secrets. Knowledge not lost on executives who guaranteed a box office hit by choosing a triple 7 release date.
The “Return of the Goddess” concept that’s growing amongst new age thinkers is at the heart of this movie. Coming off the heals of Marvel Universe’s “ The Avengers” Black Widow role, Scarlett Johansson lends her modern Kick-Butt action style to revive the decades old Lucy theory. Johansson does a superb job of delivering a believable, engrossing performance.
The name Lucy is scientifically associated with the set of female hominin bones unearthed in Africa by scientists in 1974. She is considered to be the mother of the human race. This information and a CGI image of her is referenced early in the film. Directly linking the historical Lucy to the modern one!
In the movie, Lucy is forced to traffic a narcotic called CP4. It is a hormone produced by pregnant women to help with bone development of the fetus. This hormone, in powder form, is leaked in massive amounts into Lucy’s system, kick-starting her ascension to super-human-dome. The drug explores the deepest, darkest recesses of her mind allowing her to activate dormant psychic abilities.
During the initial phase of her awakening, she becomes hypersensitive to the environment, stating that she can “feel everything” from people breathing, to blood flow to the energy from grass and trees. Lucy’s memory recall is enhanced and she is able to retrieve information from infancy normally not remembered in adulthood. Heightened extra – sensory perception has long been considered a divine feminine characteristic. Better known as a sixth sense.
As her awakening progresses, Lucy’s brain capacity percentage increases boosting her telekinetic abilities and rendering the army of gangsters tracking her, powerless. Lucy races against the clock to retrieve additional quantities of CP4 needed to reach 100% capacity.
French director, Luc Besson, maintains a good narrative pace, moving the story forward and skillfully mixing in action with Lucy’s unfolding abilities, keeping the audience riveted.
Lucy is administered the final doses of CP4 by Professor Samuel Norman played by Morgan Freeman. It is his thesis that she inadvertently proves correct.
The drug causes her body to slowly be consumed by black liquid, called primordial liquid or cosmic soap by ancient texts. It is considered to be the origins of the Universe.
The history of planet earth flashes before her eyes. We see the iris of her eye change from a mixed color oval shape to a green reptilian shape and then to a golden circular shape resembling the solar system. The sequence suggests the cosmic origins of wo/man and its evolution from a primitive state to an advanced state.
As the drug inches towards 100% consumption of her body, there are a multitude of shots of dark matter, stars, cosmic explosions (referencing the big bang theory) and the final shot in the sequence of Lucy meeting her name sake, the supposed mother of mankind. Lucy has returned to the source. Fade to black!