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, 26 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Lucy [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Luc Besson is a director who is more akin to be compared to a one man artistic army. Ever since he unleashed Nikita in 1990, Besson has delivered some of the most unique films of the last 25 years. Nikita, Leon, The Fith Element, Adele Blanc Sec and Angel-A; these films have their fans and detracters, but there is no denying that the body of work is unique and tries to delve away from the norm.
With Lucy, Besson tries very hard to blend the bombasitic effects of today, with characterisation and action set pieces of his most famous, and accomplished, work. The film features a female protagonist that very much comes from the Besson catalgoue; Lucy has a character arc similar to that of Nikita, with the physical gifts of Leeloo from The Fifth Element. Although over the last few years female action protagonists have become the norm, Besson tries to go a different route by showing how Lucy goes from being a carefree teen to a drug infused super woman who loses her emotion as the film goes on.
Yet again this year, Johansson plays a unique outsider, and yet again she delivers a brilliant and captivating performace. However unlike the sensational Under the Skin, Johnasson this time gets physical and shows her action chops.
The film is a bombastic extravaganza, realism and comprehension does not enter to the equation. The action is very much Besson and avoids the boring and stale shaky cams that have sadly become common place. However having said that the film has a certain uniquness to it; the intercutting of stock footage, the editing between action involving Lucy, and that of a lecture about brain function given by Morgan Freeman's character. The film has a certain art house sensability to it (only just) and like all of Besson's films it tries to maintain the extravagant with the mainstream.
Overall the film is a superb rehash for Besson, however action fans should beware that this is not a shoot em up. Easily his best film since The Fifth Element (although Angel-A and Adele Blanc Sec does have his charms) and backed up by a brilliant performance from Johansson, Lucy is very a break from the norm
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