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Overall, Lucy is pretty interesting
Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) starts out as a young nobody who, through no fault of her own, gets caught up with a Korean drug gang. The drug lord decides to use her as a drug mule, and has a plastic packet full of CPH4 embedded under her stomach. Through recklessness by her drug handlers, the packet rips, leaking the CPH4 into her. The CPH4 gradually opens her brain, and she gains knowledge far beyond any human. She is able to see and do fascinating things, but she also gradually loses what makes her human. She has no interest in striking back at the drug gang, as her intelligence has progressed beyond this world. Lucy calls her mother, but her basic message was: "I love you mom, but I'm going someplace that you couldn't possibly understand, and I can't come back. Goodbye."
Lucy consults Brain Theory expert Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) on what she should do with all of her knowledge. He suggested that she pass on her knowledge to others, although he was also wondering if mankind could handle such knowledge. The drug lord, of course, is determined to kill her.
By the time Lucy reaches 100% of brain capacity, she ceases to exist as a physical being.
Lucy starts off as a pretty good story, but there are a couple of flaws later on. The big car chase scene, involving multiple car crashes, was pointless. Lucy could have just used her brain to make the other cars stop, and mentally just pushed them aside. Same thing for the big shootout scene at the end. Lucy could have just made all the bad guys collapse. Those scenes were just put in as action filler, but they kind of subtracted from the story.
Fear the Walking Dead (2015)
This show is OK, but could be so much better
Fear The Walking Dead is supposed to be about the world as it was, just as the zombie apocalypse is starting to destroy it, and turn it into the world of The Walking Dead. Unfortunately, after the first couple of episodes, it had already turned into the Walking Dead world. It's now kind of a Walking Dead - West Coast. Good gangs, bad gangs, and zombies fighting it out. The people in charge of this show act like they know what they're doing, and where they're going, but it looks to me like they're going in the wrong direction. There should be more emphasis on the governmental structure, medical groups, police efforts, and military efforts to confront this crisis.
The main characters are clueless on what to do, which is understandable with something like this going on, but should still have some common sense, especially the adults. You don't just poke around in an abandoned church drug den in the hood without some kind of weapon. You don't know what you'll encounter in there, zombie apocalypse or not! The teenagers, I understand them doing dumb things. Teenagers today are doing dumb things.
The characters don't seem to communicate with each other much, other than hard stares, and "stay away from the window!". That's kind of odd, since Maddie (Kim Dickens) is supposed to be a high school guidance councilor, and Travis (Cliff Curtis) is an English teacher. You would think they would all be sharing whatever information they had seen, or knew, but they don't.
This show had so much potential, but it's not quite on target.
Kansas City Bomber (1972)
Nice drama from the Roller Derby world
Raquel Welch had for a long time been noted for her physical attributes, but Kansas City Bomber plays this down, and focuses on her acting skills and character portrayal. Welch plays KC Carr, top roller derby skater, who is following her own career and dreams, but is also tormented about spending more time with her two kids. Carr is traded to the Portland team, through manipulation by the team's owner, Burt Henry (Kevin McCarthy). Henry thinks of his players as little more than trade-able commodities, and sees Carr as not only the top skater on his team, but also as a romantic interest. Carr goes along with Henry's romantic attention, which causes friction among the other players on the team.
For those unfamiliar with the sport, roller derby was popular in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, featuring teams with men's and women's units. The fastest skater (wearing the designated helmet) scores points by passing opposing players on the track. The opposing team, of course, tries to prevent this from happening, usually having a big thug in the back of the pack, to inflict mayhem on the skater. The sport had some athletic skills, but was mostly showboating, like WWF. The fans were mostly retirees and blue-collar people. This film captures the atmosphere at these events perfectly.
KC also has to deal with Jackie Burdette (Helena Kallianotes), the other top skater on the team, who dislikes KC as a rival. Norman Alden plays Horrible Hank Hopkins well. Hank is the big anchor guy on the team, who befriends KC, although he is a bit simple, and the other players have little respect for him. KC's mother, played by Martine Bartlett, constantly rags on KC about not spending enough time with her two children (one of whom is played by Jodie Foster, in her screen debut).
I've seen several Raquel Welch movies, but this one is definitely my favorite.