Writer/Director Luc Besson gives us “Lucy,” a movie about a woman who rapidly gets the ability to access the full capacity of her brain power due to a massive overdose of a new drug.  Scarlett Johansson plays the title character, a sympathetic woman who just wants to go home after a night of partying; but instead is forced into a drug deal that turns her into a mule for the new drug.   The drug is put into her abdomen, and Johansson is taken to the extraction point where she is beaten because she refuses the advances of drug dealers.  The beating ruptures the drug’s casing, and the drug mixes with Johansson’s body…and then the fun starts.

According to the movie, the average human uses about 10-15% of their brain capacity.  I like to note that in my experience, I believe most people only use 5% — how else can you explain texting while driving at 60 m.p.h., or the inability to distinguish the difference among “there, their, and they’re” despite being born and raised in an English speaking nation and having at least a High School degree?  And these are just two of many, many examples of stupidity I’ve encountered!  Okay, rant over.  Back to “Lucy.”

Johansson’s powers become God-like, at the price of her body quickly deteriorating.  There is something she knows she has to do, and she has to do it quickly before her time runs out.

One of my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Johansson tells a policeman to slide over to the passenger seat of his police car so that Johansson will drive.  The policeman, already a witness to Johansson’s frightening powers, tells her it’s not possible.  It’s a police car and she cannot drive it!  That got a laugh out of me, which I’m sure is the reaction Besson wanted from his audience.  Anyway, Johansson used telekinesis to slide the cop over like a little bitch, and that settled the argument.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Lucy” is the scene at the police station when Johansson confronted the Asian gangsters who put the drugs into her body.  With her mind, she disarms the bad guys, and the bad guys take fighting stances to attack her.  Man, these guys are hardcore!  As she walks toward the gangsters, she has them float toward the ceiling where they are still trying fight her!

Luc Besson has given us many action movies that feature a powerful woman in a leading role (“La Femme Nikita,” “The Professional,” “The Fifth Element,” “The Messenger”), and he can add “Lucy” to that list.  Just like the 4 examples I mentioned, “Lucy” is a good piece of entertainment.   Besson could have easily turned the story into one of a woman bent on revenge and/or world destruction; but instead Besson takes a surprising and interesting route for the evolution of the title character.  I tip my hat — if I wore one — to you, Luc Besson.  Good job.

— M