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Enthusiastic and silly, Lucy powers through the movie's logic gaps with cheesy thrills plus Scarlett Johansson's charm -- and mostly succeeds at it.
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let it grab you by the noodle and zap you into its whacked-out vision of human existence. You'll feel much better for it, I promise.
Its sputtering eccentricity is at least preferable to the flat chauvinism of so many shoot-'em-ups - and it's certainly Besson's most enjoyable bad movie in ages.
Lucy is not about to win any prizes from Mensa ... but this isn't quite like any other blockbuster you'll see this year.
After a decade of uncertain performances in often thankless roles, Scarlett Johansson is interesting again. She seems to have found her niche in science fiction: Luc Besson's Lucy is the third film in a row - after Her and Under The Skin.
No one has ever accused French action director Luc Besson of thinking too hard, and this frantic exercise in pseudoscience and goofball metaphysics is best enjoyed by following his lead.
Part philosophical/scientific treatise, part action movie, a film that goes from mayhem to boredom in a heartbeat.
The film is worth watching for her [Scarlett Johansson] performance alone.
Lucy might leave you scratching your head, but it's a wild ride.
A bloody fairy tale of a thrill ride that nearly jumps the tracks at every plot turn but ultimately proves to be a lot of fun.
It's sort of Kill Bill-meets-Gravity, and it's a very entertaining 90 minutes.
One part Europop art 2001: A Space Odyssey, one part Akira body horror, and one part a variation of Besson's career-long meditation on the Feminine Divine.
Lucy is that rare breed of film that is both pretentious and idiotic.
Starting out quite interestingly, carried by its leading lady and an unusual premise, the film loses some pace in the middle part and gets totally lost in the showdown. Sure, it was sci-fi from the beginning, but in the end it's just too much and forgets to entertain in the midst of all its semi-philosophical mambo jumbo. A wasted opportunity considering the talent involved, but at least the action scenes and editing tricks work.
Lucy is a combination of science fiction - i.e. what happens if we can use all our brain's capacity, and hot chick action hero. While I may not remember the details of the movie in a few years time, it was fun to watch for 90 minutes
Enormously entertaining with a spectacular performance by Johnsson and a good performance by Freeman. Good Locations and phenomenal special effects. The movie is just a lot of fun....however.... the story is implausible and unsophisticated. There is no explanation of how a fully functioning mind could control or impact biology or physics. If you can get over the silly, Deus ex machina elements of the story (and there are many), the film still can be a real hoot.
Hmmm....it was okay. Gets off to a good start, and then ends up stupid. At least it was short at under 90 minutes.
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