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FILM FANS: Sci-Fi film 'Lucy' delivers fast-paced action

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2 1/2 out of 4 stars

“Lucy” is about a woman who is forced to smuggle drugs inside her body and when the drugs suddenly leak out, she gains superhuman abilities. With much darker tones than a typical superhero movie, Lucy falls a little short of its full potential. This is unfortunate, because the movie does a good job pulling you in right away. One small problem is that we don’t ever get to know much about the main character, Lucy. This makes it difficult for the audience to empathize with her situation. Despite this, Lucy’s adventure does ramp up quickly as she develops her newfound powers.

The movie tries to help the audience along by simultaneously telling a side story explaining what would happen if humans could gain more access to their brains. Simply put, we only use 10 percent of our brains and if we could use more, then the possibilities are endless. The side story becomes the explanation to what is happening to Lucy now that a mysterious drug is introduced into her body. Lucy becomes instantly aware of what is happening to her, knows how to use her new abilities, and is instantaneously on a mission to right her wrong.

With all that being said, Lucy is fairly easy to watch. The movie progresses at a fairly fast pace and there is little time to turn your head. You’ll want to see what ability Lucy will have next and what she’ll do with it. Lucy is not the best superhuman movie out there but if you typically enjoy science fiction, then you’ll appreciate this one.

Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville

3 out of 4 stars

The title itself of the film “Lucy” is a play on words. The main character Lucy is played by Scarlett Johansson, and is also the name given to certain skeletal remains discovered of an ape believed to be more human than monkey. Lucy is, in short, a film about evolving — evolving from species to species, and evolving from within, from using a small 10 percent portion of your brain to using even 20 percent, or 30 percent more, or dare we hope for 100 percent full capacity?

Lucy is a young college student studying in Taiwan, whose boyfriend of one week coerces her into delivering a locked suitcase for him to a businessman. These first few minutes lay the foundation for the movie, showing Lucy’s partying and impulsive nature, and then the action ensues. And speaking of nature, some foreshadowing National Geographic clips are strategically inserted. Without giving away too much, if you miss the first few minutes of the movie, wait and go see the next feature show time.

Morgan Freeman co-stars as Professor Norman, a renowned scientist famous for his theory of the brain evolving. For the record, I’ll go see most any movie Morgan Freeman is in. He’s an incredibly talented actor, and typically chooses his scripts wisely, and this was no exception.

I’m not crazy about how the movie ends, but the film in its entirety is a wild and enjoyable story from the “what if” perspective, combining sci-fi, lots of action, and good solid acting.

— Cathryn Veal, Lawrenceville