Since we first noticed her in ‘Ghost World’ (2001) and her breakthrough role opposite Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola’s wistful ‘Lost in Translation’ (2003), the lovely and talented Scarlett Johansson has proven that she’s a rising starlet to keep an eye on. That certainly isn’t difficult considering her classic good looks and a sultry sexiness that many women would kill for, but beneath the veneer is a skilled actress who can impart any role she plays with believability, intelligence and heart.
Her formidable acting skills are put to the test in French director/producer Luc Besson’s latest femme fatale sci-fi action thriller ‘Lucy,’ a head-trip of a movie unlike anything we’ve seen in recent memory. In some ways ‘Lucy’ is as refreshingly different, subversive and revolutionary as Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' or the Wachowski Brothers' ‘The Matrix’ were in their time, challenging us to look at the world and our lives through fresh eyes. Yet the movie can also be maddeningly frustrating at times in its total disregard for logic and continuity, forcing us to take great leaps of faith due to its sheer implausibility. Then again, that's par for the course for Luc Besson.
ScarJo is her usual charming and charismatic self as Lucy (last name unknown), a young woman who was swept into a web of intrigue beyond her control in Taiwan after she’s kidnapped for the purpose of smuggling a smart drug called CPH4 into Europe. The drug accidentally enters her bloodstream and she became not only super smart like Bradley Cooper in the similarly premised 2011 movie ‘Limitless,’ but also more powerful and ethereal. If you can accept the movie’s outlandish conceit that when we achieve the ability to access 100 percent of our brain power, our sentience becomes not only omni-present but also omni-potent without the need of a corporeal body to contain it as if we're reading some dime store sci-fi novel, you will enjoy ‘Lucy’ for the summer popcorn diversion that it is, even as you grapple with the inconceivable notion of Ms. Johansson existing without her delectably delicious physical form.