Forget the idea that a woman cannot lead an action film as Scarlett Johansson thrills in the lead role of Lucy.
The action-thriller written and directed by Luc Besson stars Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-Sik, and Amr Waked.
Besson has given us some of the toughest and memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. The next in a long line of female action heroes comes in the form of Lucy, played beautifully by Scarlett Johansson. Lucy, a student living in Taiwan, gets herself caught in a deal that goes bad very quickly after her boyfriend leaves her with the briefcase. She soon turns on those that held her captive as she transforms into a merciless warrior as she quickly unlocks 100 percent brain capacity.
Examining what could happen when the human brain is being used at maximum capacity is a genius idea on Besson’s part. Even better was that he wrote it with a female in the lead role. Casting Johansson as a character who not only extremely vulnerable but also superpowered goes beyond her previous roles, including as Marvel’s Black Widow.
As an action-thriller goes, Lucy is not just original but it’s one of those that does not call for a sequel. That’s one of the things that I loved about it.