Luc Besson made Lucy in 2014. I didn't start really paying attention to contemporary movies again until May of 2015 when I got MoviePass, because movies are so fucking expensive in New York City. So I missed it. I should have known better than to wait this long though because Luc Besson made The Professional and The Fifth Element, which are both masterpieces that make my heart stop.
Scarlett Jo (nickname a celeb and feel like a winner) gives the best performance I've seen her turn out. SPOILER ALERT. She unwittingly unlocks the full potential of her brain after being kidnapped and conscripted as a drug mule. The movie plays with the "humans only use 10% of their brains myth." SJ becomes an intellectual, matter melting, time jumping, quantum physics living super hero, albeit one who doesn't give a fuck if bodies pile up. We're all one and death isn't real. So the movie posits.
I like watching a French director present car crashes and action movie violence to propel a very character driven story that still relies on plot. Most French films that I love have more of an implied plot. I can imagine the pitch for this was something like "I want to make a sci-fi action movie that incorporates elements of Run Lola Run, The Bourne Identity, Inception, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, is delivered with gravitas, and functions as a giant fuck you to Michael Bay."
It made like $430 million dollars. Fire up the HBOgo kids.