Scarlett Johansson has starred in half a dozen movies in the last twelve months. In her most recent film, LUCY, she plays an action heroine with a super human brain, and the result is a lot of fun.
It's a popcorn movie with a ridiculous yet clever plot plus enough action, energy, and good humor to keep almost any audience entertained.
Plus, what's not to like about the talented Johansson?
Her Lucy is an innocent college student in Taipei who through no fault of her own becomes a drug mule.
Lucy: What happened? What did you do to my stomach?
Criminal: We merely slipped a little package into your lower tummy and you're gong to transport something very special for us.
But when one of her captors beats her, the bag of drugs ruptures and the substance flows into her system, transforming Lucy into a person with ever increasing cerebral powers.
Of course, all this is preposterous, but I was more than willing to suspend my disbelief to enjoy the spectacle.
Lucy: I have access to 28 percent of my cerebral capacity. I can feel every living thing.
Lucy's powers also include the ability to move objects and people and to invade their brains. She can also look back in time.
Lucy: It's like all things that make me human are fading away. (She stabs the drug lord's hands and enters his brain.)
Morgan Freeman joins the fun as an expert in the capacity of the human brain.
Lucy: Professor Norman. My name is Lucy. i just read all your research on the human brain. It's a little rudimentary, but you're on the right track.
Lucy needs more of the drug to survive longer than 24 hours so she enlists the help of police to capture the three other drug mules. Her madcap drive with a cop through the heart of Paris shows no regard for life or property. But it's as funny as it is exciting.
Cop: Hey, that's one way.
Lucy: We're late.
Cop: I'd rather be late than dead.
Lucy: We never really die.
Summer movies don't come any more enjoyable than this.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now.