Lucy - 4 Stars
The latest offering from writer/director Luc Besson has revolutionised the sci-fi genre!
Lucy is a very unique movie as it combines the “artsy’ style of movie with a typical sci-fi plot. The result is an entertaining film. Sadly the opening sequences do move a little too slowly to captivate its audience from the get-go, but after the first 15 minutes it utterly grabs your attention.
Cinematographer Thierry Arbogast has introduced some very clever and unique techniques in shooting this film. There were many scenes that suddenly and randomly cut to animals in the wild. These were used to emphasise the point of the scenes and while this has been heavily criticised I think it is a clever technique, especially once these scenes are put into context at the end of the film.
Scarlett Johansson gave a stunning performance and for once she wasn’t typecast in a seductive role. Her performance was consistent throughout the film and she cleverly portrayed her character’s progression as the percentage of her cerebral cortex in use increased. Morgan Freeman also delivered a strong performance and his rapport with Scarlett Johansson was subtle, but not forced. Freeman’s role while crucial didn't give him a lot of screen time, but he certainly stole every scene he was in!
The quality of the script varied throughout and disappointingly it opened and closed with very clichéd voice-overs. The storyline itself was strong and it was a very different take on the 10% of your brain theory.
Overall this film has revolutionary cinematography and mixes two genres that haven’t been successfully merged before. It has a great cast, but is let down by a varying script.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Movie screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas