Synopsis: Read on IMDB
Should you watch this movie? this movie has as many plotholes as a cube of Swiss cheese, yet the whole experience is rather enjoyable and fully entertaining.
A woman named Lucy is kidnapped by drug gang who deals in a mysterious new drug call CPH4. When Lucy is exposed to the drug, she develops impresive abilities that defy human logic, transforming herself into a warrior turning the tables on her captors.
One thing is certain: the movie will capture your attention from beginning to end. No doubt about it. The subject matter is interesting enough and every scene you want to know what’s going to happen next. On that en the movie is a success. Of course there one very important requirement to enjoy this movie and that is, you should completely forget about science. Totally. Let it go. If you can actually overlook the myth perpetuated here of “we only use 10% of our brain” (heads explode amongst the neuroscience community….), you’ll be fine. It is fake, yet spectacularly constructed science.
The movie has all the components of the typical Luc Besson (the director) film: strong female character who seems vulnerable but can actually kick ass; in this film the character also fulfills another Luc Besson movie characteristic by having a particular set of skills. Another characteristic of this movie typical is the spectacular visuals. Besson is known for this and sometimes you can even blame him for putting more importance on style over substance. In this movie though, he really tried to do both which made the first 20 minutes of the movie feel more like a documentary.
One interesting note: it’s a pretty racially diverse movie, which is not very common in this genre. It stars Morgan Freeman, Korean actor Min-sik Choi, and Egyptian actor Amr Waked.
Bechdel Test: Pass
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it Yes. The protagonist, Lucy, played by Scarlett Johansson and a very brief appearance of her roommate Caroline, played by Analeigh Tipton.
2. Who talk to each other Yes, although not a very long scene, but significant.
3. About something besides a man The conversation does involve some man talk, but there is also a conversation about Caroline’s experience in casting calls and a brief exchange where Lucy points out Caroline’s health and her new Chinese language skills.
Does it matter? The movie already has a strong female character which gives it massive brownie points. Had the movie failed the test, it wouldn’t have matter that much, really. But it didn’t and that’s peachy!
Paola’s mood after watching this movie: