‘Lucy’ by Scarlett Johansson, Luc Besson (2014)

There is a burst of action, bloodshed and visual poetry in the 2014 film ‘Lucy’, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.


The movie starts off with a clueless Lucy (Johansson), who, while nursing a hangover, gets in trouble with a drug lord and his cronies who use her (literally) to transport a synthetic drug all the way across the world. With an unfortunate kick in the stomach, the packet of drugs in her breaks, and all hell breaks loose.

Freeman plays a university professor who, as Lucy manages to control her growing cerebral super powers, explains to both his students and the audience the theory of the 10% usage of the brain.

What I Thought About It:

The first thing that I liked about this movie was the short cutaways in the beginning scenes, playing as metaphors to hint to the audience what was going on, or in the minds of others, act as pretty little spoilers. Although done artfully, I can’t disagree with them on that.

I see the message of the movie from a more metaphorical perspective: that we humans want so many things that are higher than us: infinite power, infinite wealth, and in the case of this movie, infinite knowledge and brainpower. We obsess over these things so much that once we do achieve them, the results are unfathomable and far from how we thought them to be as.

I’ve read some reviews disregarding the film as false and scientifically inaccurate, and if the movie’s intention was to be scientifically accurate, then it probably would be a bad movie, but personally, I wouldn’t know. So instead of worrying about whether the movie uses correct facts, can’t we just sit back and enjoy? People can research and study by themselves. And besides, this movie is labelled under Science Fiction, so it’s good to take that in consideration, first.

And to be honest, Scarlett Johansson was just pure perfection in this film, although I’m not as used to seeing her portray a confused and vulnerable role in the first few minutes of the film. Her portrayal of Lucy after her brain capacity reached 20% did remind me of Saoirse Ronan in her 2011 movie Hanna: both gun-toting, blonde bad asses who look good without even trying.

– Troy

Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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