Morgan Freeman

Lucy (2014)

Lucy

Lucy (2014)

Director:

Luc Besson

Starring:

Scarlett Johansson

Morgan Freeman

Min-Sik Choi

Plot:

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Review:

I know that the science in this movie is not real, I’m willing to give that a pass, though, I’m not willing to give other things.

It’s like someone said what do boys on the internet like? Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and sci-fi shit. Ok, let’s make a movie. The entire thing was about what happens next, and Lucy’s decisions didn’t make sense, based on her past. Well, either that, or when you access more of your brain you don’t give a shit about anything but yourself and making sure you don’t die and are able to pass on your knowledge.

That is kind of the premise of the movie, I guess, which if that’s what he was trying to say than bravo to him, he got that across. What a sucky premise.

The story aside, I didn’t like all the shots of animals mixed in with the rest of the movie. It wasn’t necessary and just seemed to pad the running time. Also, when she accesses 100% of her brain and sees the universe, I wasn’t impressed with the imagery. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen Jupiter Ascending recently and it was visually stunning, but this came off as something from a science documentary. Again, that could have been what he was going for, but since evidently, there are streams of data coming from everything that fill the world, I thought he’d try to be more impressive.

Clearly I did not like the movie. The first preview I saw made me think that she was going to be some kind of action hero, and I would love to see a kick-ass female action hero. This is not what I got at all.

1/5

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Transcendence (2014)

Transcendence

Transcendence (2014)

Director:

Wally Pfister

Starring:

Johnny Depp

Rebecca Hall

Paul Bettany

Morgan Freeman

Plot:

A scientist’s drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

Review:

The movie doesn’t make me think very highly of extreme activists. If they’d never tried to kill all the techies they never would have uploaded his consciences to computers. They created their enemy and he wound up not even being all that bad, just misunderstood.

The movie had a very interesting subject but it made a very boring movie. Maybe as a book it wouldn’t have been quiet as dull. I don’t need guns and explosions to make a movie interesting but I need more than long shots of a woman walking down a sterile hallway.

Evelyn, Rebecca Hall, started as a strong female character and then she just lost it. She fought to save her husband and then as soon as he was uploaded she just became this weak, passive creature. It wasn’t until the end that she regained some of her strength.

I wasn’t expecting much with this movie and it didn’t give me much. Just another post apocalyptic scenario caused by evil technology or love, whichever you feel like blaming.

2.75/5

Last Vegas (2013)

Last-Vegas

Directed By:

Jon Turteltaub

Starring:

Michael Douglas

Morgan Freeman

Robert De Niro

Kevin Kline

Mary Steenburgen

Plot:

Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

Review:

All the feels!! I laughed, I cried, I was moved. In all fairness I did give birth a few months ago so my emotions are still a little loopy and anything about family and friends and love is going to make me cry.

It was a cute comedy, not really coming of age but kind of in a way. Instead of becoming adults the guys were realizing their age. For some of them this was discovering that while they’re older it doesn’t mean they’re dead, for others it was I’m old I can’t waste what time I’ve got left.

The weakest part of the movie was Lonnie, played by Romany Malco. His acting was fine but his character didn’t really need to be in the movie. I get the feeling that he might have had a larger part and it was cut for time. Maybe.

I don’t think I’d buy it, but I’d definitely watch it again. It’s possible it will grow on me with time, some movies do that.

3/5 stars