Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Scarlett Johannson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-Sik
Plot: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Review: After a brief intro explaining how billions of years ago we exploded into existence, the audience is greeted by the very familiar voice of Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman. He is explaining to an auditorium of students and scholars his theory of brainpower; how humans only use a small percentage and the effects of unlocking more of the brain. Jump straight to a ‘fresh from the nightclub’ looking Lucy (Scarlett Johannson) with boyfriend Richard (Pilou Asbaek) outside of a highclass hotel. After an argument with Richard, she is convinced into delivering a mysterious briefcase to Mr Jang (Choi Min-Sik). With things going from bad to extremely worse for Lucy she unfortunately becomes embroiled in a world that changes her forever. The film starts off pretty steadily with our explanation of life accompanied by some visual ideas of what is being said. From here we get to see Lucy as a fairly normal young adult enjoying life with friends and boyfriend Richard. After some serious issues with some bad guys she finds herself able to not only access more parts of her brain but more of the world. It is visually pretty good with the idea of how Lucy sees things being conveyed not too badly. But it really doesn’t to excite, as the trailer leads you to believe you will be. In the first few minutes of the film we have flashes of video footage illustrating points being made but this goes further than just from the narrative and quite a way into the beginning of Lucy’s story. However it doesn’t last long and I honestly think that was a good decision, as I personally was starting to get annoyed by it. These points, as well as a bit of a lacklustre ending, mean that Lucy doesn’t become the film you want it to be or what was advertisied. This isn’t to say Lucy is all bad. There is, although a little choppy at times, a good storyline, although it’s reminiscent of a film that has already been released this year. It is one I think everyone should watch but it’s not one I think many will go back to. **/* 2/3 Stars
Into the Storm
Director: Steven Quale
Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies
Plot: Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.
Review: It’s a combination of two separate stories — one from the point of view of a storm chasing group who is down on their luck and funding who are trying to get that elusive footage of a tornado that will bring them a greater understanding of the destructive weather. The second is of Donnie, Trey and their father Gary (Max Deacon, Nathan Cress and Richard Armitage), as they struggle with home and school life in the aftermath of their mother’s passing, years before. The storm chasers, led by Pete (Matt Walsh) and with it’s resident storm scientist Allison (Sarah Wayne Callis,) head for a little remote town in hopes that yet another storm they have missed may be having a second go and allow them to collect the desperately needed footage. The film starts off with the feeling of a found-footage movie but luckily quickly gets away from that. All throughout the film there are action sequences of the kind you would expect from a storm based film, and to its credit, it is more realistic than that of previous storm chasing heritage Twister. With a reasonable story (well, as reasonable a story about storm chasers can be) it’s not too bad and certainly isn’t the worst film I’ve seen. However, all the way through, it does just feel like a more dramatised and extended version of the TV show Storm Chasers and at times the acting is just not very good at all. I actually went in to the film hoping to see Callis’ character get sucked up and thrown into a twister in a violent and horrible way but alas this film didn’t really push any boundaries that we might expect. Some of the best moments come from a couple of drunken hillbilly types who are trying to be stuntmen and then storm chasers. See it, laugh at or with it and then probably forget it. ** 2 Stars
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What to look out for this month:
The Boxtrolls: A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.
Monsters Dark Continent: A soldier enters the infected zone of the city to find his comrade.
***** 5 stars “Take my money and show me again!”
**** 4 stars “I’ll see that again when it comes out to buy”
*** 3 stars “I’ll buy it and watch it when it’s in the bargain bin”
** 2 stars “I may watch it again sometime”
* 1 star “This is why I’m glad for memory loss”
No star “Don’t even bother”