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: LUCY
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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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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smarjano
Oct 10, 2016

The movie starts wonderfully: lots of suspense, good acting, fun villains. Then the director ruins it all by plot holes. First we learn that Lucy is all-poweful. Then what is the point of all the bad guys? Then we learn - SPOILER ALERT - that she will not survive. Then where is the interest in her fate? And why was such a poweful substance transported to three different places? Surely not to sell on the streets. Still, as many people comment, the action is great.

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

This movie is a plothole nightmare. LUCY is built upon a lie from the get-go, the idea that human beings only use ten percent of the brains, and thus it's forced to make up neurobiological phenomena as the running time ticks on. And for all of its flaws, of which there are many, I still enjoyed it. It's inconceivable. I complained and whined, finding myself saying, "Oh, c'mon, now she magically knows a foreign language," or, "Okay, now she can fly?!" And yet, I still -- still! -- enjoyed watching it. So whatever. I guess I recommend LUCY.

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pl8
Apr 14, 2016

There's an old Bill Hicks joke (paraphrasing): Adam and Eve are in the garden of Eden. Adam turns to Eve and says "Look at all of this. We're in a tropical paradise filled with delicious food and tamed, exotic animals, we have no concept of hunger, disease, discomfort or fear, and all of our greatest dreams and wishes come true the instant we think of them." Eve turns to Adam and says "Yea, its....just not enough, is it?"

The fact that this is the type of film that people want to see, the type of gobbildy goop that people want to believe, says quite a lot about the state of the world. The fact that this is not based on real science, which all dates back to the snake oil types misquoting William James all those years ago, doesn't really bother me. The excuse is "Its just a movie." However that doesn't excuse the fact that people still want to believe it. Legit neorealism (and NOT self-absorbed, shallow mumblecore bs), desperately needs a comeback.

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rick7white
Feb 22, 2016

The comments below run from some thing to nothing. It's a new take on movie making and it seems that each person interested in some new stuff may want to take a look see.
I myself liked it for it's a new take on an old story.

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firefly5
Feb 19, 2016

Very boring!

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jonnybroom
Feb 13, 2016

Science-fantasy shoot-em-up hokum, but it's brisk, and Scarlett Johansson is credible—and looks nice.

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breemu
Jan 01, 2016

Gah. Big disappointment. Started out promising/intriguing but ended up being all cheap pseudo-science claptrap and overdone, meaningless CGI. Is the best idealization of using more than (a fictional) 10% of our brain matter a time-traveling sociopath with super powers?? Maybe in Hollywood.

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Monolith
Nov 29, 2015

Fascinating concept -- the utilization of a greater percentage of the human brain. The super powers were amusing, but filmmakers have to feed the masses.

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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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