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January 1, 2015
Lucy Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
31/7/20144/12/2014Universal SonyLuc Besson
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MA15+Scarlett Johansson

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Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johannson star in Luc Besson's Lucy.

One of the biggest box office hits of 2014 was this latest Luc Besson film Lucy. Made on a modest $US40 million budget the film grossed a phenomenal $458 million worldwide. Naturally with a box office like that there will be a lot of interest in the Blu-Ray release and, fortunately, the audio visual transfer is very impressive. But for those that haven't seen Lucy, what's it about?

The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with 100%. When Lucy (Scarlett Johannson) is caught up with a drug gang and forced to smuggle drugs internally things go wrong when these drugs burst open and expands her mind beyond mankind’s usual 10% and turns the tables on her captors.

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Lucy is an interesting, often violent, film.
Scarlett Johannson plays the title character in the film and generally does a fine job with her character, although some of her actions, such as shooting the taxi driver or patient in surgery - no matter how justifiable - makes it hard to empathize with her character as the story progresses. Still, not all stories need to be positive, have the "Hollywood" ending or be black and white to shine.

Morgan Freeman's character of Professor Norman, not only acts as a friend for Lucy in the film, but interspersed throughout the film are clips of him lecturing students about the human brains capacity, and what might be expected if we could unlock more of that capacity - exactly what is happening to Lucy.

Director Luc Besson is a master filmmaker that has brought us gems such as The Fifth Element, The Professional, La Femme Nikita as a director, but in recent years has focused more on writing with franchises such as Taken and Transporter to his name. Lucy is yet another tightly directed, always visually and mentally stimulating, film that is a credit to his name.

With a pretty lean runtime of 89 minutes (including credits) Lucy never overstays its welcome or feels bloated. This also isn't your typical action film with big shootouts or car chases, and indeed, as Lucy's powers increase, the solutions to problems become more "unique". While we enjoyed the ending, although predicted it pretty early on, it is certainly one which will

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Asian crime lord Mr, Jang.
Lucy is an interesting film that will probably divide opinion by the credits, however it's a film that deserves to be watched at least once.

Using the near standard AVC MPEG-4 codec Lucy is presented in the film’s original 2.40:1 aspect ratio and it's a pretty gorgeous looking film overall with natural and realistic looking flesh tones and colours. Close-up shots of faces look amazing and even in the darker scenes the film retains plenty of fine detail with a bit rate, according to our PS3, that often hovers around the 30Mbps mark.

Lucy is presented on Blu-Ray with a cracking DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (16-bit/48Khz) track that will, from the opening moments, have your room rumbling with plenty of bass to give your sub- woofer a great workout, but also plenty of clear dialogue, and great action sequences throughout the film to make the lossless audio format shine.

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Morgan Freeman gives yet another brilliant performance.
Other audio tracks on this Blu-Ray include Japanese, Italian, German, Spanish, and Hindi, each encoded with an impressive DTS 5.1 track at 768kbps which while not as impressive as the lossless English track should still impress. The disc also contains an English Descriptive Video Service track encoded in a pretty average Dolby Digital 2.0 at 192kbps.

Subtitles on this Blu-Ray include Japanese, English, Italian, German, Spanish, Hindi, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Arabic. We sampled the English track at various points in the film and found it to be accurate to the on-screen dialogue and placed according to who is talking which makes it a little easier to follower the faster scenes.

Sadly this disc is pretty light in the bonus content department. Here's what to expect...

The Evolution of Lucy (16:14/HD): This is the main "making of" featurette which contains interviews with the cast and crew and details the creation of the story, acting, production of the film and of course praise for director Luc Besson. It's decent, but not the best we've ever seen.

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It seems Lucy is placed in danger.
Cerebral Capacity: The True Science of Lucy (10:04/HD): Luc Besson first thought about the ideas behind this film about 10 years ago now after talking to some scientists, and this featurette focuses on the science behind unlocking more of our brain power.

Lucy is a decent sci-fi film which will provide some thought-provoking moments, but may also alienate some people with the ending. A solid audio visual presentation on Blu-Ray is a plus and, ultimately, it's a film worth checking out.

Review By: Dave Warner


Note: All images in this article are Copyright© Universal Sony. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.