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Essentially all I have to say is in the title. It's always nice to see more strong female protags in media, especially in something so hyped as Lucy. The thing is, this movie is a racist piece of garbage that reminds me of Hillary Clinton in all those special ways.
First of all, why did they even set this movie in Taiwan. What was the reason for that? Taiwan has no outstanding crime thingies. And even if it did, our homegrown U.S. has a lot more variety for the writers to choose from, without writing around her being in Taiwan. It's pretty obvious that they just wanted an "exotic" background for the whole thing, which dehumanises actual, real life Taiwanese. (This is further evidenced by the scary asian writing behind her during that one part in the movie where shes in the chair and the eeeevil asian!!! druglord is talking to the poor defenseless white woman etc. the words behind her translate into such terrifying words like "Apple".)
Also she literally kills a Taiwanese cabbie for not speaking English. In Taiwan. This is shown as a Really Cool Demonstration of the Strong Female Character. (its raciiiiiiist)
Second of all, what the fuck we don't only use 10% of our brains oh my god nobody thinks that everybody has proven that wrong oh my gooooood.
Also, what the guy below me said about invincibility being boring. I was really bored through the whole movie and I forgot why, but you made me remember. Thanks.
Lucy contains many of Luc Besson's signature motifs: slow motion, guns, slow motion guns, opera music, and an Action Girl protagonist. Like many of his previous movies, this is a film that thrives on Rule of Cool alone. However, unlike his other films, Rule of Cool becomes this film's biggest hindrance.
The story of Lucy is that Lucy, an American student living in Taipei, is forced to be a drug mule for an organized crime syndicate. The drug is a nootropic (a drug that makes you smarter), and Lucy is forced to take it to Europe in her stomach. Or that's what would have happened if a rather helpful gentleman didn't kick her in the stomach, fast-tracking her to full Reality Warper status.
From there Lucy must hunt down the other three drug mules because she now needs this drug to survive. Sounds like an interesting action flick right?
Well this movie has action, but it has one thing missing that makes that action exciting: tension. Lucy is by far the most invincible protagonist I've ever seen in a movie. NOTHING can stop her, and her powers are pretty much limitless. She hit the tilde key at the 20 minute mark and uses God-mode for the rest of the film's running time. And here lies the issue I had with this movie.
As any gamer knows, God-mode gets boring pretty quick. Yeah at first its pretty fun to run around Skyrim, blasting Thalmor patrols away with limitless fireballs. But if there's no tension in that, if there's no chance of failure, it becomes exploding elves on your computer monitor and nothing else. The same unfortunately happens in this movie. The action is great, but there's no reason to care. Lucy is an interesting character and a strong female action hero, but there's no reason to care about what happens to her because nothing will happen to her. There is the basic conflict of Lucy retrieving the drugs, but if Hero X can just snap her fingers and kill all of Villain Y's mooks and casually saunter up and get the Macguffin, it isn't really a conflict.
The end of this movie is pretty cool, and I won't spoil it. Let's just say Besson took a few pages out of Lovecraft towards the end. If you like trippy Sci-Fi visuals you'll feel right at home towards the end. Ultimately Lucy has everything that a good action movie needs except the backbone of the genre itself: conflict. And it suffers because of this.
So Besson wanted to rehash The Professional. He also wanted to make a transcendent movie about a Buddha-like character. He was not able to mix those two movies together and there is a sequence of events when this becomes evident.
This is not a big spoiler, since it happens in the earlier portions of the movie, but, you know, spoiler warning.
-Lucy becomes trans human, this is codified, presumably, through her cold logical action of killing the non-English speaking cab driver for expediency and to, I assume, leave no witnesses near the place where they were keeping her kidnapped.
-Lucy finds the villain, first killing all his mooks thanks to her meta human abilities, and then, also using her abilities, she extracts information from said villain. Once the villain is made aware that she has the info and also, obviously, about Lucy herself, super intelligent Lucy does not dispose of the villain.
And there, the movie breaks. One can't even say that everything that happens after that point is Lucy's fault. I mean, from the internal logic of the movie it is her fault, but it's so badly done, her sparing the villain is so unjustified for the type of character Lucy has become by that point, that one can only say its the plot's fault. It's a villainous plot tumor that prevents any healthy development from then on.
Lucy is not prevented from killing the villain early by any external force out of her control. She is prevented from making use of her cold logic and super intelligence by the filmmaker's laziness, they just didn't want to think up some bigger and better conflict. And that's this movies biggest fault, laziness.
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