Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
|Featuring:||Scarlett Johansson … Lucy
Morgan Freeman … Professor Norman
Analeigh Tipton … Actress
Min-sik Choi … Kang
Amr Waked … Actor
Pilou Asbæk … Richard
TF1 Films Production
“Life was given to us a billion years ago, what have we done with it?”
“Lucy” opens with this line and shows an alleged pre-human ape-like creature (Lucy) drinking water from a stream. We then travel forward “billions” of years to modern day China and meet the present-day Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), talking about Darwinian evolutionary theory. He expounds on the “fact” of Darwin’s theory and states how we are merely cosmic accidents, no different than earthworms and time and passing on our genes is our only purpose. He then talks about his own pet theory regarding humans’ usage of our cerebral capacity. He then claims that dolphins use more than humans and their ability to use more is because they developed it over alleged millions of years. Professor Norman then puts forth the question of the hour “How can human access more of our cerebral capacity?”
Introduce the modern day Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), arguing with her boyfriend about a case. He wants her to deliver a mysterious case into a building. He cuffs it to her; she then has no choice but to make the drop. She is then surrounded by some very intimidating and dangerous men. They take her to meet the boss, and we learn that the case contains a new synthetic drug. The boss then turns Lucy into a drug mule by surgically implanting the drugs in her lower abdomen.
Before being sent, she is placed in a holding cell where the criminals beat up Lucy and with a swift kick to the lower abdomen and the drug bag leaks and the drug make its way through her blood stream. She goes through a pseudo-exorcism style trip. She then emerges enlightened and now has begun to access secret knowledge as untapped regions of her brain are now open to her.
If you watch the trailer, none of this is new. I firmly believe movies are sermons with pictures, and this movie definitely preaches “Evolution.”
The acting is lame to average. The star of the film is not any of the actors. The star is the Evolution plot and the idea that with enough secret knowledge humans can be become like God. The lie is as old as time itself, Genesis in the Garden of Eden to be exact. Like it says in Ecclesiastes 1:9, what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
The entire film is objectionable—from the opening line to closing credits. I’ll move from least to most. There is alcohol use, and drugs are portrayed as a gateway to further your own enlightenment, as shown in the film “Limitless.”
The language is moderate to heavy with OMGs (3), hell (2), damn (1), sh** (4), a** (4), and a possible f-word. Next is the sex/nudity, they show animals and humans having sex with no distinction between animals and humans. The film presents Darwin’s theory as unquestionable fact. Humans are just animals, not special, not created; God and religion are created by man. Life has no meaning outside of reproduction, and through accessing more of our cerebral capacity (self evolving). The big bang, “goo to you via the zoo” or frog to prince evolutionary story is played as the humanistic version of the origin of man, it’s all presented in a religious fashion.
Now for the truth, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth” (Genesis 1:1). Creation took place in the beginning and was finished and complete. Creation was not spread out over a major portion of the supposed evolutionary vast time history of the universe. Creation was by the word of the Creator. The Creator spoke things into existence. In Genesis 1, we read a series of “And God said” statements. Also, we read in Psalm 33:6 and 33:9, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” Biblical creation is also creation ex nihilo. First there was nothing and then there was something. No time was involved. Thus the concept of an actual, historical creation identifies the Creator.
The second point is that Creation identifies man. Man is not just a body—not just a stack of chemicals that arrived by natural processes. Yes, man does have a body, but he also has a mind and a spirit (Genesis 1:26–27 says,
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Genesis 1 states that God specially created the first male and female in His own image. Jesus Christ restated that the first couple were created “at the beginning,” not from apes. Despite some anatomical similarities among all mammals, it is easy to distinguish humans. Perhaps the most offensive feature of evolutionism to Bible-believing Christians is the belief that humans have evolved by natural processes from apes. In the evolutionary view, moreover, man was not the goal of Evolution but a mere happenstance. This stands in startling contrast to the biblical declaration that humans were specially created in the image of God—see: www.answersingenesis.org
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I do not recommend film, however I do challenge Christians to inform themselves on the Creation vs. Evolution debate, and learn to defend the Bible from the very first verse.
Violence: Extreme—bloody shootings, punching woman till unconscious, repeatedly kicking woman’s surgical abdominal wound shown both externally and internally, digging out a bullet from shoulder wound, bloody surgeries, impalements, etc. / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy—animals and people mating, man puts hand into woman’s bra sexually, lascivious scenes and talk (without nudity), women in bras, cleavage, classic painting of fully nude man
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Eye candy can't distract from idiotic execution of a fun idea.
—John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
…shiny, silly film …Ridiculous, incoherent but pretty entertaining… Given what she’s working with, Johansson does an amazing job of providing a centre to all these fevered montages and half-cooked ideas. [2½/4]
—Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail
“Lucy” lets Darwinism run amok… Although Besson… indulges in some operatic violence, the film is more spacey than pacey. He cherry-picks elements from “The Tree of Life” and “The Lawnmower Man” and mashes them into a macabre concoction that looks cool but isn’t meant to be digested…
—Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
…In the end, “Lucy” is gobbledygook. …Action lost amid pseudoscience… the movie chops up so many images that it looks like an educational film gone berserk. [2/4]
—Rafer Guzmán, Long Island Newsday
…a fast, furious 90 minutes of dumb summer fun… It's ultra-violent, though heavily stylized… The film even goes so far as to recreate the image from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but with Lucy and a hominid in the place of God and Adam.
—Christian Hamaker, Crosswalk
…Packing in 90 minutes of evolutionary apologetics and bullet-to-the-head brutality, Lucy may well leave viewers with a brain ache all their own.
—Bob Hoose, Plugged In
…a silly, action packed, and ultimately Gnostic and hopeless, movie with extreme violence…
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide