What to say about Lucy? Scarlett's performance in the lead role is, to quote the NYT reviewer, "improbable but somehow perfect" and very much the strength of the movie. Beyond Scarlett, I am less enthused than the NYT. There is way too much explanation - the movie's approach is much too reminiscent of the "Dukes of Hazard" TV show with its omnipresent narrator for dullards. A less obvious approach would have made for a better movie. The dreamy graphics reminded me too much of the intro to ABC's movie of the week back in the 70s (or maybe an over-achieving PBS series) for something produced in 2014. Overall, this could have been a much, much better movie.
I was entertained that the bad guys were from Taiwan rather than mainland China, presumably to increase ticket sales in mainland China. Indeed, this is sort of the perfect movie (rather like the Bourne and Bond franchises) to maximize worldwide sales by including characters from North America, Europe and Asia.
Recommended, but just for Scarlett.
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