This morning, opening day, I went to see “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson. She starts out kind of dumb, and then, due to an accident of fate, she gets really, really smart, capable of accessing 100% of her brain. The main character is named Lucy. The name is not random; it harkens back to the first known human, named Lucy.
I was drawn to this film because I love stories about human potential. I know some will just see what’s on the surface… a blockbuster Hollywood movie with a beautiful, sexy actress. But for those who are capable of recognizing it, this film has some incredibly deep metaphysical truths. I don’t say that about every movie I see. I saw “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” yesterday. I’m not bothering to recommend it. Sorry. It just didn’t live up to past mind-blowing Planet of the Apes movies.
Not only did “Lucy” have deep metaphysical truths, basically the film was a visual expression of the ideas in some of my favorite books like those by Carlos Castaneda in which don Juan is teaching Castaneda how to be a warrior.
This film speaks to warrior training. I’m not talking about the violence. That’s just the Hollywood gloss. It’s a way of packaging these truths so they reach a mass market. Only a small percentage of people will really get what this movie is saying.
I’m also thinking of the Beatle’s song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” There’s a bit of an LSD effect in this film. It also reminded me of the spice, melange, in Dune, and the drug used by the main character in Limitless.
Any of us can do this, even without drugs. Any of us can go from being a “dumb blond” to being a warrior. The tight, black leather is optional.
If you saw “Lucy,” feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.