Defying logic with logic in ‘Lucy’
In “Lucy” (R, Universal), Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Johansson hopscotches between vulnerability and a robotic commitment to execute whatever her sophisticated internal data processor tells her to do. Her performance is just grounded enough to keep French director Luc Besson’s occasionally inventive, sometimes silly visual flourishes from turning the movie into self-parody. The less time spent thinking about the film’s largely nonsensical plot, the better. Contains strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality.