Rating : 7.5
This movie is great to watch your a little stoned, I saw Lucy in the cinema when it came out , When i had gone to see it myself and a friend had smoked a little joint just before crawling into the cinema which definitely upped the ante. But it’s also quite an interesting watch if your someone who’s interested in the concept of human evolution and of increasing the cerebral capacity of homo sapiens. If you’re a part of one of these new-aged Film Clubs (as opposed to Book Clubs) and your group enjoy actually discussing the philosophical interests and links involved in the film then this could be quite a kicker. You’ve got a half nature-like documentary w Morgan Freeman as the Attenborough and his theoretical studies of the human brains untapped potential – mixed with some hardcore badass action and fight scenes. The exploration of Lucy’s new ‘sight’ into a range of things is really intriguing.
It’s name and the idea of its creation definitely arose from “Lucy” – the worlds most famous early human ancestor – the primate – who in the movie our new Lucy (Scarlett Johanson) meets when she travels back. Morgan Freeman is our other protagonist in the film, a Professor with extensive credentials and a particular interest in the human brains capacity and what it would mean if we had access to higher percentages of our brains usage. As he has speculated potential resources available to us with 20 or 30% but when asked the question “What would happen if a human being accessed 100% of their brain’s capacity?” he responds:
We spend the rest of the movie figuring that exact question out. Our protagonist is kidnapped and forced to become a drug mule, an entire bag of this substance that is a ‘mind-expanding’ drug of indeterminate results is placed inside her.
After having attempted to fight back towards her captors one of them repeatedly kicks her in the abdonmen, breaking the sealed bag and allowing a release of the drugs fusing with her internal structures and organs, with some interesting results..
We’ve some pretty mesmerizing adaptions to her physical form.
What makes this film interesting to watch and contemplate, even though it’s admittedly not a high brown or incredibly philosophical show, it still explores some interesting ideas and conceptions on the potential for the human brain and bodies capacity to have a higher cognition and range of abilities. One thing the film explores are the different types of ‘sight’, the recognition and being able to see the genetic and energy make up of living things was a seriously intriguing concept.
& by the simplistic touch the ability to do a dull body scan of someones internal organs, bone density, system functionalities and blood sugar levels.. etc.
Having the complete control over her bodily functions and extended range of abilities then included physical manipulation of other matter, including material objects and other human bodies. The film loosely follows the structure of the initial lecture given by Morgan Freeman’s character, in that we slowly watch as our protagonists evolves and gains further powers and control along with knowledge. With each bump in a acuity, comes further control over matter manipulation.
Her power then extends to some time travelling fun which is always good in my books.
Cellular regeneration is a subject matter that films and series have long been fascinated by. Freeman tells us that animal life on earth goes back millions of years yet most species only use 3-5% of their cerebral capacity. It isn’t until we reached human beings at the top of the animal chain that we finally see a species use more of it’s cerebral capacity.
We look at the Dolphin, the only living thing that uses it’s brain better than us. It’s estimated by scientists and researchers that this incredible animal uses up to 20% of it’s cerebral capacity.
A little into the film we discover the nature of the drug that was being ‘muled’ into the US, we’re told it’s name : CPH4. Pregnant women manufacture CPH4 in the sixth week of pregnancy in tiny quantities, for a baby it packs the power of an atomic bomb. It’s what gives the fetus the necessary energy to form all the bones in its body. This is a successful attempt at creating a synthetic version and an intellectual exploration of exactly what that would mean for the human race and its further evolution. So dive in if your in the mood for some potentially mind-expanding and intriguing thought-processes, along with some action and reverent Morgan Freeman speeches.