Lucy

Lucy

DVD - 2014
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An action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION LUC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Mikael1956
Oct 02, 2018

Excellent movie/story that should make you question everything being 'taught' in our current stone age yet to be civllization. Question more and breathe deeply. Just contemplate all of it.

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SunnySanMateo
Jul 23, 2018

The underworld of drug transportation through people. This movie bloody and violent that seems quite believable.

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callig
Jun 11, 2018

More Hollywood, via Paris (Bresson). Thoroughly mediocre but has required number of JPM's (industry term: Jolts per Minute).
Like the Matrix series- killer premise, pedestrian bang-bang-kiss-kiss execution. (Matrix was particularly illustrative of that: the matrix being a fabulous metaphor for culture, ones opinions, worldview.)
Scarlett Johanssen seems to be the new Summer Glau. She's getting the killer babe scifi parts. And Kate Beckinstall gets the vampire bombshell parts (Ironic 'progress' isn't it- women are ever so gradually being included as more than arm candy etc., but only as honorary men, violent superheros with boobs!).
Why do i mention it at all if i yawn at it? Because, however Mickey Mouse its Big ideas*, it may incur thought. Its Big Ideas are just window dressing, but nothing says you have to obsess on the Punch and Judy show going on through the window.
So it may stimulate thought, which is far more than non-SF movies do.
It ain't The Arrival tho.
*a real howler of a quote: Lucy reassures a scientist that, "Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge." Oh really- funny then that with Big Science/Technology being the dominant force in humanity, and us accelerating towards total chaos/extinction, how more knowledge, more science will, somehow. save us. Dying of alcoholism? The cure is to drink more. Brought to you by Brewers of America, research wing.

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gnomenut
May 30, 2018

A disappointing movie, to say the least. The first 15 minutes or so give the impression of a story-based film, but it soon deteriorates into just another over-the-top special effects/CGI shoot-em-up: superhero-type fights, high-wreckage car chases, loads of inept bad-guys, shoot-outs, and even a rocket-launcher in a hospital... People die by the dozen in Lucy's wake; death and destruction rain down upon Paris as the drug-lords try to reclaim their goods. Ok, Lucy is exposed to a synthetic drug that lets her use more of her brain-power. But this, inexplicably, turns her into an indestructible, mind-reading, physics-altering, super-human. She can shape-shift, she can control any device from anywhere, she can turn off gravity, she can control people's minds, she assimilates the internet. Could it get any more ridiculous, or any less plausible? Luc!, what happened to story-telling? One star for Scarlett Johansson, who does a pretty good job making her character at least watchable.

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tenet
Apr 19, 2018

Rated 5/10. What started as an extremely cheesy movie, and seemed to be destined for a '1', actually turned itself around and was surprisingly okay.

About a third of the way through, the show became somewhat thought provoking.

It could have been a lot better if it wasn't a shoot-em-up. That detracted from the part about man's brain capacity.

Also, someone else should have been casted in Johansson's role. Her range of acting skills is quite limited, in my opinion.

Intriguing.

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jgrobillard
Apr 15, 2018

Lucy is a case of either you like it, hate it, or are not sure what to make of it. Watch it and make your own assessment.

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

I love ScarJo but this movie was a let down.

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Ianandson
Jan 02, 2018

Started out really interesting and then it got ridiculous.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 01, 2017

***SPOILERS***
An American student staying abroad in Taiwan gets persuaded by her new boyfriend to go into an office building and deliver a briefcase for his boss Mr. Jang, but they take her with them, confused she is being forced along with them. They bring her to a room and have her open the briefcase because it might contain explosives, then they bring out a junkie to test the drug and, apparently working, the drug addict is shot for laughing hysterically. Lucy, the protagonist, is horrified to see people die in the room next to hers: her boyfriend gets shot and the crack-head is murdered. She along with others is going to be a drug mule for the next big thing (synthetic CPH4), she just has to get through airport security to transport the new market candy to eager buyers in Europe. But when she is in captivity one of the keepers is apparently provoked with her and kicks her multiple times in the stomach area, causing the bag to rip inside her and release the CPH4 into her blood stream. Now she has a sharper mind, the ability to see time before her, telepathy and telekinesis. She then gets the drug surgically removed from her abdomen and calls her mother to tell her she loves her. Lucy goes to kill Mr. Jang's men and interrogates him to find the other drug mules to increase her newly-found powers, she researches her abilities and contacts Professor Norman, she then alerts the French police captain of the smugglers. Soon they have apprehended two of the mules and Lucy gets the CPH4 and agrees to pass on her knowledge to mankind, injected with the other three bags of drugs she spews a dark substance and it goes toward the computers in the lab, creating a supercomputer. She begins to witness so much of the space-time continuum. Suddenly Mr. Jang enters and shoots Lucy in the back of the head but by the time the bullet comes near her she's already gone, at this point, she is simply an observing entity. Soon the French police captain, Pierre Del Rio, follows in and kills Jang. Then the black substance reaches out to Professor Norman to give him a super flash drive from Lucy to be compatible with computers of their time. The substance of Lucy's remaining being disperses. When the cop asks where she is the protagonist replies with 'I AM EVERYWHERE' through a message to his phone. This film honestly could have been done better, once she got her powers it seemed as if everything was too easy for her. The audience didn't get to suffer with their main character. It's understandable why critics didn't like it but it was something of its own, a quite unique concept.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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jferrerosa2
Mar 08, 2017

I think many people won't get what this story is about, hence the lower reviews. It's about being able to bend space and time, an incredible journey into the limitation of physics and raw human ability. It's a delightful experience too because she does so much with her powers. It should get points off though for wasting Morgan Freeman in this movie. He should have had a bigger role than he did.

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Lucy: Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge.

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jimg2000
May 23, 2015

Not ashamed to watch it again today and enjoy Lucy's lecture on time:
...There are, in fact, no numbers and no letters. We've codified our existence to bring it down to human size to make it comprehensible. We've created a scale so that we can forget its unfathomable scale. But if humans are not the unit of measure and the world isn't governed by mathematical laws, what governs all that? Film a car speeding down a road. Speed up the image infinitely and the car disappears. So what proof do we have of its existence? Time gives legitimacy to its existence. Time is the only true unit of measure. It gives proof to the existence of matter. Without time, we don't exist.

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jimg2000
Mar 16, 2015

From IMDb:

Professor Norman: For primitive beings like us, life seems to have only one single purpose: gaining time. And it is going through time that seems to be also the only real purpose of each of the cells in our bodies. To achieve that aim, the mass of the cells that make up earthworms and human beings has only two solutions. Be immortal, or to reproduce. If its habitat is not sufficiently favorable or nurturing, the cell will choose immortality. In other words, self-sufficiency and self-management. On the other hand, if the habitat is favorable, they will choose to reproduce. That way, when they die, they hand down essential information and knowledge to the next cell. Which hands it down to the next cell and so on. Thus knowledge and learning are handed down through time.

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