LUCY (2014) ... SCARLETT JOHANSSON Has A Hot Body & A Brain Like No Other!

Let me just say before I begin that I am perhaps more than a little biased towards Luc Besson, as I see him as the King Midas of Hollywood with everything he touches turning into box-office gold and Lucy is definitely no exception! The movie's production budget ran around $40 million and raked in a global box-office total of over $430 million dollars proving Besson's teamup with Johansson as more than fruitful. With the star power of Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman how could anyone go wrong.

The action scenes are fast and slick and extremely refined... one just has to look at the car chase scene which is like nothing you've ever seen before. The story is very simple to follow and has one very brutal and villainous bad guy that will send chills into anyone who watches the movie.

I found a few ties to some movies seen previously, firstly the use of a drug to open her mind is very reminiscent of Bradley Cooper's 2011 hit, Limitless as well as Johnny Depp's latest sci-fi fest, Transcendence and perhaps, dare I say this, Stanley Kubrick's 2001! Now, that said, I found the movie's ending to be a little bit lacking and felt kind of robbed of the opportunity of a great ending. I'm not saying the movie wasn't above expectation as it delivered exactly the right amount of action, drama and sci-fi but the ending did leave a sour taste in my mouth.

I would advise all sci-fi and Johannson fans to watch this because there's no lack of anything here but be warned, the ending is somewhat surprising. The movie is written and directed by Luc Besson and was released at the end of July 2014.

Lucy is a 25-year-old American woman living and studying in Taipei, Taiwan. She is tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend, whose employer, Mr. Jang, is a Korean mob boss and drug lord. Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang containing a highly valuable synthetic drug called CPH4. After seeing her boyfriend shot and killed, she is captured and a bag of the drug is forcibly sewn into her abdomen and that of three other drug mules who will also transport the drug for sales in Europe. While Lucy is in captivity, one of her captors kicks her in the abdomen, breaking the bag, releasing a large quantity of the drug into her system. As a result, she begins acquiring increasingly enhanced physical and mental capabilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, and can choose not to feel pain or other discomforts, in addition to other abilities. She kills off her captors and escapes.

Lucy travels to the nearby Tri-Service General Hospital to get the bag of drugs removed from her abdomen. The bag is successfully removed, and Lucy is told by the operating doctor of the volatile nature of the drug, based on a substance given to fetuses during prenatal development, and its destructive side-effects. Sensing her growing physical and mental abilities, Lucy returns to Mr. Jang's hotel, kills his bodyguards, assaults Mr. Jang, and telepathically extracts the locations of all three drug mules from his brain.

At her shared apartment, Lucy begins researching her condition and contacts a well-known scientist and doctor, Professor Samuel Norman, whose research may be the key to saving her. After Lucy speaks with the professor and provides proof of her developed abilities, she flies to Paris and contacts a local police captain, Pierre Del Rio, to help her find the remaining three packets of the drug. During the plane ride she starts to disintegrate as her cells destabilize from consuming a sip of champagne, which made her body inhospitable for cellular reproduction. Only by consuming more CPH4 is she able to prevent her total disintegration. Her powers continue to grow, leaving her able to telepathically incapacitate armed police and members from the Korean drug gang. With the help of Del Rio, Lucy recovers the drug and hurries to meet Professor Norman, with whom she agrees to share everything she now knows, after he points out that the main point of life is to pass on knowledge. Jang and the mob also want the drug and a gunfight ensues with the French police.

In the professor's lab, Lucy discusses the nature of time and life and how people's humanity distorts their perceptions. At her urging, she is intravenously injected with the contents of all three remaining bags of CPH4. Her body begins to metamorphose into a black substance, spreading over computers and other objects in the lab, as she transforms these into an unconventionally shaped, next generation supercomputer that will contain all of her enhanced knowledge of the universe. She then begins a spacetime journey into the past, eventually reaching the oldest discovered ancestor of mankind, implied to be Lucy, and touches fingertips with her. Meanwhile, back in the lab, after an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon destroys the door, Mr. Jang enters and points a gun at Lucy's head from behind, intending to kill her. He shoots, but in an instant before the bullet strikes, Lucy reaches 100% of her cerebral capacity and disappears within the space time continuum, where she explains that everything is connected and existence is only proven through time. Only her clothes and the oddly shaped black supercomputer are left behind.

Del Rio then enters and fatally shoots Mr. Jang. Professor Norman takes a black, monolithic flash drive offered by the advanced supercomputer created by Lucy's body before the machine disintegrates to dust. Del Rio asks Professor Norman where Lucy is, immediately after which, Del Rio's cell phone sounds and he sees a text message: "I AM EVERYWHERE." With an overhead shot, Lucy's voice is heard stating, "Life was given to us a billion years ago. Now you know what to do with it."


Scarlett Johansson is a flamingly hot Lucy!

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