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Luc Besson

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About the Movie

From the visionary director of La Femme Nikita and The Professional and starring Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman comes an action-thriller about a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors. Altered by a dangerous new drug allowing her to use 100% of her brain capacity, Lucy transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 209
  • Fresh: 141
  • Rotten: 68
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Part philosophical/scientific treatise, part action movie, a film that goes from mayhem to boredom in a heartbeat. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 25, 2014

Fresh: No one has ever accused French action director Luc Besson of thinking too hard, and this frantic exercise in pseudoscience and goofball metaphysics is best enjoyed by following his lead. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jul 31, 2014

Fresh: let it grab you by the noodle and zap you into its whacked-out vision of human existence. You'll feel much better for it, I promise. – David Sims, The Atlantic, Sep 22, 2016

Fresh: [A] supremely silly and pleasurable action movie. – Kate Muir, Times (UK), Aug 29, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Fun but sad how it offers nothing. Look to Buddha.

Lets be clear, the film is silly and as pure entertainment I enjoyed it. However it is a little upsetting because it hopes to hint at the evolution of ourselves but can teach us nothing – the *science* in this is to be completely ignored. It, and the potentially half-sensible understandings the concept is based on can be, and will never be, of any real value to any living being. However we already have answers to *all* the questions of our existence available on this planet right now. Buddha – there it’s said, and you can call me a fanatic or whatever, but it won’t change the truth of it. Buddha gave us all the answers but we mostly ignore the wisdom of enlightened beings. We think he is mostly a nice looking garden ornament! The wisdom, and not mere knowledge he offers cannot be experienced via a USB stick like on this dumb movie. It is our personal experiential realizations gained through following his instructions – not as you might imagine something that can be passed on in words - or movies. Seek his instructions on the nature and function of the mind, which is utterly different to brain (something almost all *scientist* haven’t a clue about), and in particular his presentation on ultimate truth - emptiness, as presented in the highest Madhyamika-Prasangika school. Also know that wisdom without the development of genuine compassion will be in-suffice. Ultimately you need access to his complete path of Sutra and Tantra. The only clear presentation of the entire path of Buddha, presented in a way that is perfectly suited to our modern day minds that I believe still exists in this world is taught by a monk called Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. You can quest elsewhere but you are wasting your very limited time. There it is – all the answers sitting right under your nose. Good luck.

Great visuals awful plot

I don't regret watching this movie. It was incredibly interesting, filled with beautifully done animation and incredibly vivid, if we are just talking about the visuals. The plot itself, on the other hand, was terrible, comical at times because of the simplicity and rudimentary writing behind it. Large portions of cells, she becomes pretty much a emotionless robot. And that kiss between her and the officer was awkward and terrible, waste of a few seconds. The overall idea as well, that the mafia leader would have survived and been able to even get into the room with her in it. If she really did have that much intelligence she would have foreseen that and just saved time and actually killed him earlier.
Like I said. Plot was dumb. Lines were terribly written and even Morgan Freeman's performance was meh at best.
I would recommend watching because of the great effects and especially those last scenes with the universe and such, gorgeous, but overall the plot wasn't based AT ALL in reality and was as unrealistic and ridiculous as some kind of wizard movie.

Sub par

Not an enjoyable film.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2014

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