Lucy is a poor attempt at being a science fiction film with “hidden depths.” Directed by Luc Besson (Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional), it tells the story of a woman, (Scarlett Johansson) who gets caught up in a drug ring, with a twist.
Once past the initial hump, the story begins to make good on its investments. The stock footage is all but gone by about mid-way through the first act, and the film begins to pick up steam. Johansson is brilliant as the titular Lucy, who gains superpowers after being forced into being a drug mule for the Korean Mob, and Morgan Freeman puts in his turn as “soothing voiced, authority figure.”
Choi Min-Sik plays the Korean Mob Boss with panache, his lines, mostly delivered in Korean, initially come across as beautifully calm and in control, but get more and more stressed as Lucy disrupts his organisation.
As the story starts proper, the plot is quite fast-paced, with the majority of exposition reasons as to why something is happening either explained away as “Lucy has accessed more of her brain,” or “Morgan Freeman’s character explained it in his University lecture introduction.” It’s not exactly deep, more trying to hit as many buttons as quickly as possible in order to progress the plot to the point of showing all the cool stuff that’s in the trailers.
In conclusion? It’s no Guardians, but it’s definitely better than TMNT.