Thankfully more "The Professional" than "The Family," "Lucy" is a return to form for writer-director Luc Besson. Faltering none from its breakneck pacing and mind-opening cosmic grandiosity for a full 90 minutes, the film might best be described as a cross between 2006's adrenaline-fueled action pic "Crank" and 2011's existential Terrence Malick tone poem "The Tree of Life." If this sounds like an intriguing step away from the mainstream, it is. Besson asks more from his audience—or, perhaps more accurately, offers more to his audience—than what the advertising has suggested.
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