Steen: Full on brain power

Johansson’s acting ‘superb’ in girl-power film Lucy.

While this is a relatively short film, only 89 minutes, I enjoyed the pace, the theme, the action and the ultimate message.

Based on the premise that we humans only use 10 per cent of our brain (dolphins use more), the question asked is ‘what happens when we utilize more than the 10 per cent we use now?’

The first ‘Lucy’ was discovered in 1974 in Ethiopia and is believed to have lived  3.2 million years ago. This film Lucy is the first of its kind as well.

Key players, Morgan Freeman (Professor Norman) and Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) are bankable stars who carry the film, although of the two, it’s Johannsson who is the major force with her superb acting.

Born in 1984 in New York and briefly married to Ryan Reynolds, she will also be seen in the upcoming The Avengers—Age of Ultron.

This show will not lift Hollywood from its slump as it’s having the worst summer in eight years, according to the National Post, but it did manage to take in more than $44 million this past weekend, beat out Hercules—not bad.

Lucy may not have broad appeal but it does have some humour and it leaves us with a few questions about ourselves, our potential and where we are in this universe

As you probably know by now, I like films that are a bit different, and I liked this.

I give Lucy 3.5 reels, but if you’re not up to it, see The Hundred-foot Journey.