Unfortunately, this one isn’t great. The film is about a woman, Lucy (Johansson), who is kidnapped by a gang and has a powder surgically inserted inside her stomach. After being beaten, the powder spills into her body, allowing her to fully access her brain, the idea being that humans only use 10 percent of their brains.
Morgan Freeman plays a neurologist, and explains everything to an audience (actually the audience watching the film, because the plot is ridiculous) about how the brain works and the possibilities that would abound if it worked better.
Overlooking any other flaws of the film, the basic plot is nonsense. The idea that humans only use 10 percent of their brains, the basic premise of the film, is untrue.
As the film goes on, Lucy continues to gain more access to her brain, allowing her abilities that are both ridiculous and impossible. They might work in a supernatural film, but not in one based on the use of the human brain. Some abilities she gains that were seen in the trailer include the ability to change her hair color, again, with the power of her brain, and telekinesis, among other things.
The action sequences are okay, but Johansson doesn’t really do anything in most of them. Most of the promotional images (such as the one above) are more exciting than the actual scenes. They consist of men with guns chasing after her, and her using her brain to stop them. There is not a lot of physical contact and fighting for an action film. It almost looks more like a Kung Fu film, without the Kung Fu, where the so-called plot is just a device to move the character from action scene to action scene.
Additionally, for a supposedly female driven action film, Johansson is basically the only woman in the film. There are some very minor female characters who all probably have less than five lines, but the rest of the cast is entirely men, to the point where you start to wonder if all the women have been kidnapped by aliens or something, or maybe Lucy just used the power of her brain to make them invisible. Who knows?
The ending climactic sequence is perhaps the most ridiculous of all. By that point, Lucy, who hasn’t spoken very much in the film anyway, has fully progressed to speaking like a robot, unemotionally, detached, and as if she is a human computer.
If you’re interested in seeing Johansson in an action film, you’re better off catching her as Black Widow in one of the Marvel films. While she may not be the lead, the films are better written and much more fun.
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