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Lucy Review: Cerebral Callings

Bracing herself in the airplane seat as it is preparing to land in Paris, Lucy toasts herself with a flute of champagne. “To knowledge,” she whispers. And then she begins to disintegrate.

Lucy (2014) has so far been met with disappointingly average reviews (and, in some cases, outright hate). I blame the let down on the film’s marketing. We were told to go watch a vengeful superhuman rail against her drug-dealing kidnappers, and instead, found a human-turned-deity looking for her new purpose. Basically, people were expecting Limitless (2011) redone, but with Scarlett Johansson instead of Bradley Cooper.

Wrong, folks. Sorry. Don’t do that to yourselves. Of course, I cannot speak for director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element (1997), Taken (2008)), but this movie viewed more like a cerebral sci-fi flick than an action-filled superhero tale. Sure, there is plenty of action, but even Morgan Freeman’s character Dr. Norman said so himself that all this is but philosophical musing. Continue reading Lucy Review: Cerebral Callings