After watching parts of Captain America: The Winter Soldier a couple of times on Starz this weekend, and seeing a ton of ads letting us know that Lucy was now available on DVD, the Mysterious Mr. C and I decided to make it a ScarJo weekend and check out the Luc Besson thriller. While the premise of the film had always intrigued me – seeing what can happen when a human being unlocks the full potential of their brain – I found the execution to be extremely shoddy.
First of all, we aren’t really given any time to connect with Lucy before she is thrust into the middle of a Taiwanese drug ring and turned into a mule, with a large package of a powerful new drug sewn into her stomach. While her experience is essentially the stuff travel nightmares are made of, we have no real sense of why she is abroad or what she is doing, or really anything that might humanize her. I guess we are just supposed to relate to her fear at being pulled into such a terrifying situation, but I would have liked a little more character development first. Read More