Last summer, Luc Besson’s Lucy was something of a surprise hit. The Scarlett Johansson-starring actioner is crazy and over the top and lets just say there are some jumps in logic, but it’s also a damn ton of fun. You probably already guessed this was coming, and now Cinema Sins has unveiled one of their ubiquitous “Everything Wrong With…” videos for Lucy.
If you missed out on Lucy, the action follows a young woman, strangely enough named Lucy (Johansson), studying in Taipei. Her shady boyfriend gets her involved in something way over hear head and a vicious gangster doses her with a new synthetic drug that helps her gain access to the deepest recesses of the human mind. As her capacity grows, she gains new powers, like the ability to control matter with her mind and change her own hair color, and bounces around the globe trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with her. At one point she starts to disintegrate in an airplane bathroom. Yeah.
On the surface, Lucy is utterly ridiculous, built on flawed science, and there are some insane leaps in reason and causality. Basically, it feels like anytime the writers found themselves in a pickle, they just said, “Well now she can do this…” and they got around whatever problems arose. It’s an interesting strategy.
Given this freewheeling approach, you can understand how a video like this would have an absolute field day with this movie, and they don’t disappoint. As usual, this goes on for way too long (16 minutes is a bit much), and there are, of course, some nitpicky “sins” that may or may not stretch your patience. Still, there are enough bat-shit crazy, WTF moments to deal with that this installment seems like it has to stretch less than some others (it also, frankly, feels less mean-spirited than many of its predecessors).
To be honest though, the gleeful disregard for reason, logic, and accountability is a big part of what makes Lucy so damn much fun. If you’re looking for straight up and serious, this isn’t the movie for you, but if you want to see wingnut French action auteur Besson having a total blast and making what comes across as his ludicrous version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, this is pretty damn entertaining.