At this point, there seems little beyond
In writer-director Luc Besson's "Lucy," opening Aug. 8, Johansson follows her recent extraordinary trio of
Besson, whose "La Femme Nikita" proved that modern movie women can kick as much butt as men, was drawn to the story after a conversation with a doctor about human brain capacity in which he learned that only about 10% of our potential faculties are used. "What we are using and what we know is a drop of water in the ocean," said the French filmmaker who is a founding member of the nation's Brain & Spine Institute. "So what would happen if you could reach 80% or 90% of your brain capacity?"
For all of the film's talk about brain power, the tightly wound filmmaker says he's not interested in any medication that would ramp up his intellect by even a few percentage points. "I'm crazy enough already," Besson said.
"Lucy" is ultimately governed by action rather than science, and Besson admits the film's medical extrapolations are hokum. What he hopes the film, with a cast that includes