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Gerstner: I don't love 'Lucy,' but have seen worse

7/29/2014

2While "Lucy's" premise -- that of a young woman who forcibly is used as a drug mule starts being able to access more than 10 percent of her cerebral capacity -- ultimately is intriguing, it is flawed from the get-go.

2While "Lucy's" premise -- that of a young woman who forcibly is used as a drug mule starts being able to access more than 10 percent of her cerebral capacity -- ultimately is intriguing, it is flawed from the get-go.

First of all, there is no lack of scientific evidence to support the claim humans routinely use all of our brains, not the oft-cited 10 percent. I'd be willing to forgive that tidbit, even though it invalidates the entire film; however, it serves as an exciting launching point and an unstable foundation from which the rest of the film teeters.

There are a lot of plot holes that are unavoidable, and many logical leaps that come up short. Once again, these mistakes are forgivable if the action, tension or drama is right. Unfortunately for "Lucy," the tension and intrigue are present in the first act of her journey and steadily fall as Lucy's cerebral capacity climbs.

Furthermore, "Lucy" lacks a unique identity apart from its premise. Director Luc Besson, most well-known for the wonderfully campy and original "The Fifth Element," fails to add any flair, other than Scarlett Johansson's decreasingly engaging performance.

"Lucy" would have benefitted greatly from some of the admittedly weird and unorthodox humor "The Fifth Element" had in spades.

All said, "Lucy" is far from the worst movie you'll come across this summer. Like its titular character, it doesn't use all of its potential. Unfortunately, the film version of "Lucy" doesn't come across that additional element to unlock what it could have been.

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Contact James Gerstner at james.gerstner@gmail.com.

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