A new Luc Besson film comes out featuring exotic locations, Scarlett Johansson and a plot that channels “Limitless” and the okay bits of “Midnight Express”? What’s not to like?
“Lucy” starts in Taipei in Taiwan and the early scenes echo the patented Besson mix of the extraordinary and the mundane that made “The Fifth Element” such a joy. There are echoes of “La Femme Nikita” here too.
Traces of the themes of “Alice In Wonderland” abound here too, albeit the drug traffic themes dominate this tale. The Taiwan tourism authorities won’t be using this film for promotion at all.
The less you know about this going in, the more you will just sit and enjoy the style, pace and action. Johansson has made interesting choices this year and “Lucy” shows off her exceptional ability to rivet your eyes to the screen.
Morgan Freeman, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Min-sik Choi have great scenes but it’s Amr Waked who shines here, almost as much as Johansson does.
The Stratford East Picturehouse audience oohed and aahed a lot. If you like Besson’s distinctive style, you’ll adore this movie. Even if you don’t, you’ll be talking about it afterwards.