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LucyBe All You Can Be

by Yo Snyder | 2014-07-25 | Movies, Reviews
Be all you can be. That’s what the Army recruitment commercials used to tell us. It’s an appealing idea; finding some way to unlock our full potential. In Lucy, although Scarlett Johansen’s character, Lucy, doesn’t actively seek out a way to unlock her full potential, she eventually does thanks to some brutal circumstances and a crazy new drug. Granted, it has the side effect of being potentially lethal, but other side effects include gaining access to amazing Matrix/mutant like powers, instant access to an almost unlimited store of knowledge, the ability to travel through time, and ultimately an ascension into godhood. Yeah, pretty sure that’s not quite what the Army recruitment slogan “Be all you can be” had in mind, but it makes for a fun, if trippy, ride in this film. First, let me warn you that this isn’t some “Black Widow gains mutant powers and kicks butt” movie like the trailers make it out to be. Lucy is much more existential, philosophical and just straight up weirder than that. I like sci-fi that’s willing to ask some biggest questions, and this one tackles some of the true biggies; like “Why Are We Here” and “What is the Meaning of Existence”. The film puts forth two intriguing possibilities; where are here to be immortal or we are here to reproduce. If we are here to reproduce, that means the passing along of knowledge and information. As Lucy’s awakened brain capacity slowly ticks towards 100%, she does indeed gain access to a vast quantity of knowledge (and some nifty super powers as well), and she does find a way to pass that along, but the question lingers as to whether that’s really what life is all about. The movies seems to think that it’s rather obvious that humanity isn’t immortal, and therefore the accumulation of knowledge and the passing along of that information is one of the most important things we can do with our existence. Interestingly enough, the Bible suggests something... read
 

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