Lucy Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Lucy

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    A no-brainer.

  • Starring:

    Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Analeigh Tipton

  • Directed by:

    Luc Besson

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, slapped, drugged, hooded, punched, near-molested, kicked, hit, chained, stabbed, thrown through the air/against a wall, levitated, dragged. An animal pursues/attacks another animal. Exploding planet, asteroids. Dangerous driving, vehicle crashes/rollovers. Shootout, RPG fired, property damage. Footage of nuclear mushroom cloud. Shouting, pleading. Blood/gore: Corpses (human, animal). Fingers inserted in skin. Blood on clothing, objects, faces, hands. Bleeding, blood-licking, bloody wounds, blood spray, nosebleed, dislodged teeth, evaporating/melting/peeling skin, missing digits. Bruising, bandages, scars, objects protruding from skin. Medical: Birth scenes (animal, human). CGI of molecules, veins, electrical impulses, nerves, capillaries, etc. Patient on operating table (surgery). Convulsing, objects removed from skin, stitching, intravenous injection, X-rays. Liver/kidney failure mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man approaches a woman as if to molest her. Couple in car having sex. A woman spreads her legs evocatively. Kissing, breast-fondling, inappropriate/unwanted touching, ogling. Footage of mating animals. Women in underwear, shirtless men. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. Making love mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People inhale/eat/inject a blue crystalline drug (fictional CPH4). Drug-induced behaviour. Medication seen on bedside table. Alcohol (shots, wine, champagne, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Brain capacity, awareness, humanity, time, evolution, cerebral capacity, birth, mortality, drug-smuggling, telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance, knowledge, history, neurology, reproduction, biology.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Child killed in accident (mentioned). Hospital, surgery settings. Plane, rainbow. Apelike hominid, mouse, cheetah, impala, jellyfish, eagle, bears, chameleon, fish, hippos, elephants, elk, sarus cranes, dolphin, lions, warthogs, frogs, rhinos, horse, pig, moose, cow, dog, pterodactyls, dinosaurs. Footage of natural disasters (Lightning, typhoon, flooding, tsunamis, storms). Vomiting, saliva, convulsing, tattooing. Fast-moving editing and cinematography. Strobe lights. Chinese, French, Italian, German languages (subtitles, translation).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Bold, funny, adventurous, entertaining, heart-pounding, lyrical, thrilling, delightful, clever, touching, fascinating, loony, exuberant, ludicrous, pseudo-intellectual, exhilarating, fun, captivating, ridiculous, fast-paced. Commanding performance from Johansson, gorgeous colours, realistic car chase, mesmerising hospital sequence, visually concise.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Illogical, obnoxious, absurd, stupid, dumb, mindless. Cheesy special effects, abrupt ending, many unanswered questions/plot holes, hackneyed plot devices, winking fetishization, idiotic execution, laughable ideas.

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