Sunday, September 14, 2014
Luc Besson retains Cartesian clarity in Lucy where the mind is blown away
Johansson is the helpless actress, where all she has to do is get that blind state and pout her lips and nothing more. There is not much acting she has to do. It would be a mistake to judge Johansson in his film for her acting. She is half-robot in a way. There are glimpses of complication, when she as Lucy becomes almost human with the Paris police officer. It would have been an interesting twist in the tale. But Luc Besson prefers the frenetic pace of a thriller and there is no time for the heart or for reflection. It is almost a simplistic philosophical thesis: human beings cannot remain human with greater mind power, and they will be blown away the moment mind reaches its full powers.
The gangster strand and the dark, wicked scientists using research to hold the world in thrall remains sketchy.
Johansson's screen presence is admirable but she needs a better role than that of a demi-monster to show her talent. She is in the mould of Angelina Jolie.
Luc Besson avoids the clouded semi-messianic, semi-sci-fi worldview of Andy and Lana Wachowski brothers in their Matrix movies, which stupid people thought to be a cinematic and philosophical breakthrough though it has to be said that ever since the three-dimensional holographic effect of the camera, every fighting scene in Hindi commercial cinema has freely used it.
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