3.7/5 (amazon 3.3/5, imdb 6.4/10, rotten tomatoes 47%, AVS Ralph Potts: 3.5/5
Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and scenes with Scarlett Johansson walking and breathing (aka scenes of sexuality).
Directed by Luc Besson (Leon the Professional, The Fifth Element, Taken, Transporter, Taxi, No Limit, District 13, etc)
Exactly what I had expected from the television previews, and the various comments (like below). Girl develops supernatural powers and wanders around using them.
The National Geographic 'flashback' scenes through time and space rather took me out of the plot, and the 'science' of 10% of the brain and up is both debunked and fiction so it was difficult to listen to Morgan Freeman utter those words. Actually I don't think I liked any scene Morgan Freeman was in in this, although he did it well.
Scarlett Johansson's acting was a bit weak in my opinion, but easily watchable. Supposedly she had a chart of 'senses/emotions at each brain power percentage' and tried to act relative to that, but if she did I didn't notice it. Makes me a bit worried about if she'll carry the upcoming Black Widow movie.
Min-sik Choi was perfect as the bad guy. No complaints possible about his performance.
Amr Waked, as the policeman, was also excellent.
Her abilities and transformation are all entertaining. The triple plot (drug trafficker revenge, evolution retaining knowledge, history of life) never fell apart in any too bad ways.
The action sequences are all well done. It was shot on location in Taiwan, France, with a little bit in Germany.
Overall a pleasant popcorn flick.
, Kids in Mind
Yeah, I knew that the film had a stupid premise (at this point, every school kid knows that humans use their entire brain unless the brain is damaged), but I was willing to suspend disbelief (and disregard all of the online reviews which said how awful this film was) in order to watch what I thought would be "Limitless" with a beautiful female lead. What a mistake! If you loved "Limitless" (as I did) and expect anything remotely as clever, witty, and believable will play out here, you will be immensely disappointed. First, the dialogue is almost non-existent (save for Morgan Freeman's dire predictions about what a fully realised human mind can do). Seriously, almost no one else speaks. Second, in terms of the effects of the drug, it's more "Inception" than "Limitless." Freeman's character never explains why humans would become gods by fully accessing their brains (or why, as he proposes, if dolphins can access 20% of their brains, their cannot control the minds of other marine life as Lucy does with other humans when she reaches 20%. Clearly, no dolphin would ever be eaten by a shark if they could practice mind control). Nothing in this film makes even movie-sense. Third, I know this is a stupid point and a matter of taste, but Scarlett isn't looking so hot these days. If I'm going to be sold a movie based primarily on the lead's good looks, she needs to look better than my Chilis waitress. Lastly, the ending left me cold. It was so unsatisfying on so many levels. Spoiler: after acquiring all of the knowledge in the universe and witnessing the Big Bang, she transforms into black goo before ultimately disappearing into "everywhere." Freeman then states that she has discovered the true meaning of life. Huh? Did I miss that part? She had pronounced some mumbo-jumbo about how time, not mathematics or science, defines the universe, but how in the world is that the meaning of life? God? Gods? Afterlife? Reason for existence? Nope, just time. God, this was stupid. And never mind the fact that half of Paris is destroyed because the one person Lucy couldn't kill in cold blood is the drug lord who inserted the package within her when she had the chance back in Asia. We're supposed to cheer for this character who has no real purpose, no real personality, and who ultimately changes nothing. The world before Lucy's transformation is exactly the same as the world after her metamorphosis, with the exception of the many dead French cafe patrons, police, and the destruction of beautiful French buildings. I actually wanted the Chinese mobster to win in the end because she had caused so much pain and suffering for nothing. This is one of the worst nonAdam Sandler I have seen. Watch only if you wish to appreciate "Limitless" more.