Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Luca Angeletti
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Written and directed by Luc Besson the story centers on an innocent drug mule, Lucy, who’s working for the mob. After she’s threatened Lucy agrees to transport an experimental drug which is surgically inserted into her stomach by the drug dealers. However when one of the drug dealers attacks and kicks her in the stomach the drug leaks into her system which then enables her unlock the full potential to her brain’s capacity transforming her into a metahuman, evolving beyond human logic with superhuman abilities such as being able to instantaneously absorb knowledge, moving objects with her mind and mind reading. Then in order to gain 100% of her brain’s capacity Lucy starts to search and round up any remaining supplies.
Verdict: Even though the subject matter is ludicrous Besson can be applauded for wanting to dig deeper and give the audience a more philosophical look at the nature of humanity while at the same time combine it with fast paced action. Where it succeeds are the visuals and the action, and although most of the supporting cast is wasted Johansson manages to give one of her best chilling performances with Morgan Freeman as ever providing his usual effortless support. Putting the silliness and gaping plot holes aside, it’s a decent enough sci-fi action thriller raising an intriguing idea but just sadly ended up being hollow.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 60)
[first lines; the film opens with an image of a cell splitting into multiple other cells, then we see a chimp in prehistoric times drinking water from a lake]
Lucy: [voice over] Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?
[we see a fast paced city life]
[Taipei, Taiwan – outside a hotel we see Lucy with her boyfriend, Richard]
Richard: Lucy, it’s easy as pie. In and out, all done and dusted.
Lucy: Then why don’t you do it yourself?
Richard: The last thing the guy is expecting is a total tramp turning up to deliver the case. It’ll blow his mind, come on.
Lucy: What’s in it?
Richard: Sweetheart, don’t get paranoid on me, alright? You trust me, don’t you?
[Lucy has a quick flashback to her partying and getting drunk with Richard in a club]
Lucy: Richard, I really do like you, but I have to take care of myself right now. I gotta…I don’t know, I gotta concentrate on so many things. I…
[she turns to leave but Richard grabs her arm]
Richard: Hey! Hey! What are you doing?
Lucy: I’m going home because I have exams on Monday, I have to shower and I have to study. Okay?
Richard: You know what, the other day I was in this museum, and you know what I found out?
Richard: The first ever woman was named Lucy.
[we see a wax museum model of a prehistoric female chimp in a glass cage]
Lucy: Is that supposed to make me feel better?
Richard: Yeah. No.
Lucy: I’ll call you. Okay?
[she pats his shoulder and turns to leave, but he stops her again]
Richard: Okay. Okay. Okay. I’ll be honest with you, I can’t deliver the case myself. I had a little falling out with the guy, it’s nothing major, but if it’s you, problem solved.
[pointing to the hotel]
Richard: You walk in there, you go up to the reception, you ask for Mr. Jang to come down. He comes down, he takes the case, you’ll flash him your prettiest smile and bounce.
[we quickly see a mouse going up to a mouse trap with cheese in it]
Richard: Look, you can even see the reception from here. Come on.
Lucy: What’s in the case?
Richard: I don’t know, it’s just some paperwork.
Lucy: Yeah, well let’s see it then.
Richard: It’s locked, and no one but Mr. Jang has the code. I’m just the delivery boy.
Lucy: Do you get paid to do this?
Richard: Yeah, kind of.
Lucy: Like, how much?
Richard: Okay, we are negotiating now or…?
Lucy: No, no. How much do you get paid? I want to know, how much?
Richard: A thousand dollars.
Lucy: You get paid a thousand dollars for delivering paperwork, really?
Richard: I don’t know, it takes me ten minutes and they pay me a grand and the rest is none of my business.
Lucy: Well, it’s not my business either, I’ll tell you now.
[she turns to leave but Richard grabs her arm to stop her]
Richard: We split it down the middle, hm? That’s five hundred for you and five hundred for me.
Lucy: Richard, I will call you.
Richard: Listen, it’s the third time this week I’m showing up at the same hotel with the same cowboy hat.
[she takes off his hat and puts it on her head]
Lucy: Problem solved. Go, go. I’ll wait for you, go. I’ll wait.
Richard: Lucy, honey, I…I’ve done this a dozen times. It’s paperwork. It’s probably some designs so they can copy them, that’s how it works in this country. Even my Stetson was made here, look.
[he takes off the hat from Lucy’s head and show her the inside]
Richard: It says so on the label, “Made in Taiwan.”
[Lucy puts his hat back on his head]
Lucy: So long, Cowboy, with the fake Stetson.
[she turns to leave and he grabs her hand to stop her]
Richard: Baby, please.
Lucy: Richard, I gotta go.
[suddenly he handcuffs Lucy’s wrist to the handle of the briefcase]
Lucy: What the hell are you doing?
Richard: I’m sorry.
Lucy: What the hell are you doing?
[Richard starts backing away from her]
Richard: I’m so sorry, I really need your help.
Lucy: No. Stop it! Take this off me, right now!
Richard: I can’t.
Lucy: Take this off me, right now!
Richard: I can’t, Mr. Jang’s the only one who has the key. All you have to do is go into the hotel and ask for him at the reception.
Lucy: No, take it off me right now!
Richard: I’m so sorry, I really have no choice. The sooner you go in, the sooner you’ll be back out.
Lucy: I can’t believe you did this to me.
Richard: I’ll be right here, you have my word.
Lucy: You’re word isn’t worth shit!
Richard: It’s worth five hundred bucks, upfront.
[he takes out the cash and stuffs it into her top]
Lucy: You’re an asshole.
Richard: And you’re wonderful.
[Lucy scoffs at him and then walks towards the hotel]
[Lucy walks nervously into the hotel lobby and walks over the reception]
The Receptionist: Miss, may I help you?
Lucy: Uh…yes. I’m here for, uh…Mr. Jang.
The Receptionist: Yes. Um…
[as the receptionist starts to make the call we see quick image of a gazelle getting preyed upon by a cheetah]
The Receptionist: Who should I say is here?
[we see a man standing nearby watching Lucy with suspicion]
Lucy: Richard. I’m no…Richard sent…Richard sent me.
[the receptionist makes the call]
The Receptionist: What’s your name?
Lucy: No, Richard. Richard’s uh…he’s just looking for a place to park.
[the receptionist talks into the phone again, Lucy sees Richard outside waiting for her]
The Receptionist: Mr. Jang still wants to know your name.
[we see quick image of the cheetah making its move, then back to Lucy looking nervous]
The Receptionist: Lucy what?
Lucy: Ju…just Lucy. If he could…if he could be quick, cause I have uh…I have…I have to…
The Receptionist: Just a second, while I tell him.
[the receptionist talks into the phone again, at the same time Lucy looks over to Richard who indicates she should calm down, gives her the thumbs up and smiles]
[after ending his call to Jang]
The Receptionist: Mr. Jang is on his way. Stay right here.
Lucy: Can I sit?
The Receptionist: Mr. Jang said you need to stay right here. I think it’s better if you stay right here.
[they are interrupted by the reception phone ringing]
The Receptionist: Excuse me.
[he answers the call]
The Receptionist: Regent Hotel.
[we see image of the cheetah heading towards its prey, then back to Lucy who sees a group of thugs in suits heading towards her, at the same time we see two cheetahs heading towards the gazelle, Lucy looks over to Richard outside when he is suddenly shot and killed]
[we see the cheetah chasing after the gazelle, at the same time the thugs grab hold of Lucy, place a wad of cash on the reception desk for the receptionist, and she’s dragged into the elevator]
Lucy: Please, please, please.
[we see the cheetah catching the gazelle, killing it and carrying the body in its mouth]
[Lucy, who’s crying, is being dragged along the corridor by the thugs]
Lucy: Please, don’t. I don’t know anything. I don’t know anything. Please. Please.
[she’s taken into Jang’s room, she sees bloodied corpses on the floor and starts to vomit, then two thugs make her sit in a chair]
[one of the thugs offers her a napkin to wipe her mouth, then Jang comes out with his hands covered in blood, one of the thugs pours bottled water onto Jang’s hands to wash off the blood]
Lucy: Do you speak English?
[she speaks in Spanish asking them if Jang speaks Spanish, they thug explains to Jang in Chinese what’s happened and Lucy hears her name being spoken]
Lucy: Lucy. Yes, I’m Lucy. Please, there’s just been a terrible mistake. I’m just supposed to deliver this case. If you lost the key, you don’t have to chop off my hand, you can just cut the chain, okay?
[Jang wipes his hand with towel then looks at Lucy, who’s in tears]
Lucy: Please. I’m begging you, please.
[Jang instructs two of his thugs to grab Lucy]
Lucy: No. No. No! No! No!
[Lucy is made to sit on the couch]
Lucy: No! Please! Please!
[Jang takes the seat opposite Lucy, picks up the phone to make a call asking them to translate for Lucy and then puts the phone on speaker so Lucy can hear]
Phone Voice Royal Suite: Hello, Miss. I speak English, I translate for Mr. Jang.
[Lucy continues to weep before replying]
Lucy: Please tell him that I haven’t done anything. I don’t know anything, it’s all just a big mistake, okay? Please. Please tell him that.
Phone Voice Royal Suite: Yes. Okay, okay. Hold on.
[the man explains this to Jang who then gives his reply and the man translates for Lucy]
Phone Voice Royal Suite: Mr. Jang wants to know what’s in the case?
Lucy: No, I don’t know what’s in the case. Do you speak English, or don’t you speak English?
Phone Voice Royal Suite: Yes, I do. I studied one year in International High School in New York.
Lucy: Okay, Richard gave me the case to give to you, that’s all I know. Okay, please tell him that.
[the man translates for Jang who then writes down number 140 on a piece of paper, which is the code to open the briefcase, then steps into the next room]
[as Jang goes to the next room his men arm themselves with guns and shields]
Lucy: He gave me a paper with numbers on it. I don’t…what is this?
Phone Voice Royal Suite: It’s the code to open the case
[Lucy looks across at Jang’s men standing opposite her with their shields]
Lucy: What’s really in here?
Phone Voice Royal Suite: Nothing dangerous.
Lucy: So why won’t he open it himself?
[the man on the phone speaks in Chinese as Jang listens from the other room and replies, the man on the phone translates for Lucy]
Phone Voice Royal Suite: He doesn’t trust Mr. Richard.
Lucy: Well, I don’t trust Richard either. I only dated him for a week.
[again the man on the phone explains this to Jang who gets frustrated and shouts, his men hold up their guns to Lucy threateningly]
Lucy: Okay, okay. Okay.
Phone Voice Royal Suite: Mr. Jang insists that you open the case.
Lucy: Okay, okay.
[Lucy starts weeping again]
Lucy: Please, God, help me.
[Lucy slowly places the case on the table, Jang, looking impatient, says something in Chinese and the man on the phone translates]
Phone Voice Royal Suite: He wants you to hurry up, Mr. Jang has other things to do.
[Lucy slowly puts the code in and opens the briefcase, she stares at the contents of the case, Jang talks to the man on the phone who then translate for Lucy again]
Phone Voice Royal Suite: Can you describe the contents of the case?
Lucy: It’s…it’s four plastic pouches filled with a blue powder, like a…maybe a purple powder. I don’t know, looks gross.
Phone Voice Royal Suite: Mr. Jan wants to offer you a job.
Lucy: A job?
[Jang nods his head, Lucy then starts crying in terror]
Lucy: I don’t want a job!
[suddenly one of Jang’s men smacks her, then the screen cuts to back with 1% sign shown]
[Professor Samuel Norman is giving a lecture to a large classroom]
Professor Norman: If life starts approximately a billion years ago we will have to wait four hundred thousand years to see the aberration of the first nerve cells. This is where life as we know it begins. Brain’s in formation of only a few milligrams, it’s not possible to determine any sign of intelligence yet, it acts more as a reflex. One neuron and you’re alive, two neurons you’re moving. And with movement interesting things begin to happen.
[we see different shots of animal life on earth]
Professor Norman: Animal life on earth goes back millions of years, yet most species only use three to five percent of its cerebral capacity. But it isn’t until we reached human beings at the top of the animal chain that we finally see a species use more of its cerebral capacity.
[the screen flashes 10% and then cuts to prehistoric man trying to light a fire by rubbing two rocks together]
Professor Norman: Ten percent may not like seem much, but it’s a lot if you look at all we’ve done with it.
[we see footage of all that man has achieved, including flying planes, going to the moon, building modern cities, paintings, organized religions and finally man discovering fire]
Professor Norman: Now let’s discuss a special case. The only living being that uses its brain better than us; the dolphin. It is estimated that this incredible animal uses up to twenty percent of its cerebral capacity. In particular, this allows it to have an echo location system that is more efficient than any Sonar invented by mankind. But the dolphin did not invent the Sonar, it developed it naturally. And this is the crucial part of our philosophical reflection we have today. Can we therefore conclude that humans are concerned more with having than being?
[Lucy wakes up in a hotel room and notices a bloodied bandage around her stomach, Jang’s men come in, one of them tells her to get dressed in Chinese and throw her some clothes, she’s taken to Jang]
Mr. Jang: Lucy.
Lucy: What did you do to my stomach?
[just then a British man known as “The Limey” walks into the room]
The Limey: Nothing, just a little horizontal slit. It’s very well done, and uh…and oh, you’ll find within a month the scar is practically invisible too. You’ll be able to show your tummy off on the beach next summer.
Lucy: I don’t care about the scar.
The Limey: Is it uh…is it why we opened you up, yep? Rest assured we didn’t harvest your organs or anything. Uh…we…we merely slipped a little package into your lower tummy. It’s uh…it’s a new drug that kids in Europe are gonna love, believe me.
[Lucy looks horrified]
Lucy: What is it?
The Limey: Well, the scientific term is CPH4, which is not very sexy from a sales point of view. So, um…we’re still working on something with a bit more pop. Any suggestions?
[Lucy is speechless when they’re interrupted by Jang’s men bringing in three men]
The Limey: Ah. Excuse me.
[to the three men]
The Limey: Welcome. Welcome, come on in. Lovely.
[Jang’s men pull the men along into the room when one of them stumbles]
The Limey: Oops.
[the three stand next to Lucy, all three have bandages across their stomachs also]
The Limey: Splendid. Splendid. Whoop. Ha-ha! Marvelous! Lovely, lovely.
[the Limey kisses a man dressed in a suit on the cheeks in greeting]
The Limey: How are you?
Jang’s Man: Very good, mate.
The Limey: Okay.
[to Lucy and the three men]
The Limey: Right, um…first of all, many thanks for taking part in this enterprise. Which I’m sure will go off flawlessly. Uh…these lovely passport and tickets will enable you to return home in the next twenty-four hours. Now upon arrival you will be taken in hand by our people so that um…we might recover our merchandise, and you might rediscover the freedom, which you so richly deserve. I’m sure there’s no need to remind you that for any of those who uh…may be tempted to warn or turn themselves in to the authorities, we have the names and addresses of the families of every one of you, down to the distant cousins.
[Jang offers Lucy a drink and Lucy reluctantly drinks it]
The Limey: So, uh…we rely therefore on your complete discretion. Good. Anyway, uh… gentlemen, madam, allow me to be the first to wish you…
[he snaps his fingers]
The Limey: …bon voyage.
[the three men are hooded and led away by Jang’s men, one nearly knocks into the Limey]
The Limey: Oops. Lovely.
Lucy: You’re gonna sell this?
The Limey: I’m afraid it’s our business model.
[a hood is placed over Lucy’s head]
[Norman continues his lecture]
Professor Norman: For primitive beings like us, life seems to have only one single purpose: gaining time. And it is going through time, seems to be also the only real purpose of each of the cell in our bodies. To achieve that end, the mass of the cells that make up earthworms and human beings, has only two solutions. Be immortal, or to reproduce. If its habitat is not sufficiently favorable or nurturing…
[we’re shown footage of the devastation caused by natural earth disasters, like hurricanes, tsunami’s and volcano eruptions]
Professor Norman: …the cell will chose immortality. In other words, self-sufficiency and self-management. On the other hand, if the habitat is favorable…
[we’re shown footage of earth’s natural beauty like lakes, jungles and oceans]
Professor Norman: …they will choose to reproduce.
[we’re shown footage of different animals, including humans having intercourse]
Professor Norman: That way, when they die, they hand down essential information and knowledge to the next cell, which hands it down to the next cell and so on.
[we’re shown different animals and humans giving birth to their babies]
Professor Norman: Thus, knowledge and learning are handed down, through time.
[talking to herself from under her hood]
Lucy: Okay, okay. Keep calm. You just have to wait, just pray for time. You have time to think it through on the plane. Just take the flight. Take the fight and get out of here. Okay, that’s the main thing right now. Just save time. Don’t try anything. Keep your cool. You’re alive. You’re alive. You’re alive. That’s all that matters. Just…wait. Save time. Save time.
[suddenly the hood is taken off her head, Lucy finds herself in a room being chained to the wall by two thugs, one of the thugs starts putting his hand down her top and Lucy yanks herself away from his hand]
Lucy: I’m not in the mood.
[the thug suddenly punches her, then starts kicking her in the stomach, the other thug pushes the other thug away and they leave and lock her in, Lucy looks down and finds her stomach wound has opened, the drug powder starts leaking into her system, her eyes turn blue, she starts thrashing around the room, even going up to the ceiling, then as she goes to smash into the wall the screen flashes 20%]
[Norman continues his lecture]
Professor Norman: Let’s imagine for a few moments what our life would be like if we could access like, let’s say, twenty percent of our brain’s capacity. This first stage would give us access to and control over our own body.
Male Student #1: Sir?
Professor Norman: Yes?
Male Student #1: Have it been proven scientifically?
Professor Norman: Well, for the moment, it’s just hypothesis, I confess. But if you think about it, it’s troubling to realize that the Greeks, Egyptians and the Indians had notion of cells centuries before the invention of the microscope. And what to say about Darwin, whom everybody took for a fool when he put forth his Theory of Evolution. It’s up to us to push the rules and laws, and go from evolution to revolution.
[there’s a small laughter from the classroom audience]
Professor Norman: One hundred billion neurons per human of which only fifteen percent are activated. There are more connections in the human body than there are stars in the galaxy. We possess a gigantic network of information to which we have almost no access.
Female Student: Sir?
Professor Norman: Yes?
Female Student: And what would be the next stage?
Professor Norman: Well, the next stage would probably be control of other people. But for that, we would need to access at least forty percent of our brain’s capacity. After control of ourselves and others, would come control of matter. But now we’re entering into the realm of science fiction and we don’t know any more than the dog who watches the moon.
Male Student #2: Excuse me, sir?
Professor Norman: Yes.
Male Student #2: But, what would happen if for some reason we ignore, somebody unlocked one hundred percent of the cerebral capacity?
Professor Norman: One hundred percent?
Male Student #2: Yes.
Professor Norman: I have no idea.
[the taxi driver pulls outside the Tri-Service General Hospital Tingjhou Branch]
Taxi Driver #2: Hospital.
Lucy: Wait for me.
[Lucy takes her gun, she enters the hospital and finds she is able to translate the Chinese signs into English, she walks into an operating theater where the doctors are operating and looks at the patient’s x-ray scans]
Doctor: Miss, hello?
[Lucy ignores him and continues to look at the scans]
Doctor: Hey, Miss!
Lucy: I need help, it’s urgent.
Doctor: You cannot be in here, we are operating. Please, get out.
[Lucy turns, points her gun at the patient on the operating table, shoots him and throws him off the table]
Lucy: You wouldn’t have been able to save him anyway. The tumor had already invaded the cortex on the right side of his spine.
[she puts on the operating gown and lies on the operating table pointing her gun at the doctors]
Lucy: Somebody put a bag of drugs in me, I need you to remove it. It’s leaking.
[one of the nurses faints]
Lucy: Do it now.
Doctor: Right. I’ll just administer a local anesthetic.
Lucy: Don’t bother.
Doctor: Right. Uh…okay. Calm down, please. Put the gun down.
[he lowers her gun]
Doctor: I’m going to examine, okay?
[as the doctor starts to look at her stomach wound Lucy takes out her phone]
Lucy: Do you mind?
[Lucy calls her mother]
Lucy’s Mother: Hello?
Lucy’s Mother: Hey, Lucy. Baby, it’s great to hear from you. But what time is it over there?
Lucy: I don’t know, it’s night.
Lucy’s Mother: old on a sec, let me get rid of the other line.
[the doctor whispers to her]
Doctor: I’m going to have to go inside.
[Lucy nods her head and the doctor gets ready to operate on her]
Lucy’s Mother: I’m back. You’re not partying too much, are you? You promised me you’d look after yourself.
Lucy: I’m trying to, Mom. I am trying to.
Lucy’s Mother: Well, thanks for calling out of the blue like this. Your father is gonna be sad he missed you. He isn’t home from the gym yet. Usually you call us in the morning.
Lucy’s Mother: Yes.
Lucy: I feel everything.
Lucy’s Mother: What do you mean, sweetie?
Lucy: Space. The air. The vibrations. The people. I can feel the gravity. I can feel the rotation of the earth. The heat leaving my body. The blood in my veins. I can feel my brain. The deepest parts of my memory.
Lucy’s Mother: Sweetie, we have a bad connection. I can’t hear you so well. What did you say about memory?
Lucy: The pain in my mouth when I had braces. I…I can remember the feeling of your hand on my forehead when I ran a fever. I remember stroking the cat, it was so soft.
Lucy’s Mother: The cat? What cat, honey?
Lucy: That Siamese with blue eyes and a broken tail.
Lucy’s Mother: Sweetie, you can’t possibly remember that. You were barely a year old.
Lucy: I remember the taste of your milk in my mouth. The room, the liquid.
Lucy’s Mother: Sweetie, what are you talking about?
Lucy: I just want to tell you that I love you, mom, and dad.
Lucy’s Mother: Sweetie.
Lucy: And I want to thank you for the thousand kisses that I can still feel on my face. I love you, Mom.
Lucy’s Mother: I love you too, sweetie. More than anything in the world.
[at the same time the doctor pulls out the bag of drug from her stomach and Lucy ends the call to her mother]
[referring to the bag of drugs the doctor has pulled out of her stomach]
Lucy: How much is left?
Doctor: Five hundred grams.
Lucy: And how long will it take my body to eliminate the rest of it?
Doctor: To answer that, I need to know what it is. May I?
Lucy: Go ahead.
[the doctor starts to stitch her up]
[the doctor gives her a surprised look]
Lucy: Tell me about it.
Doctor: Pregnant women manufacture CPH4 in the sixth week of pregnancy, in tiny quantities. For a baby, it packs the power of an atomic bomb. It’s what gives the fetus the necessary energy to form all the bones in its body. I’d heard that they tried to make a synthetic version of it. Didn’t realize that they’d succeeded. If it really is CPH4, in this quantity, I’m amazed you’re still alive.
Lucy: Not for long.
[Lucy goes to the hotel Jang is staying at, she quickly kills his guards, shoos his tattoo artist away as he is in the middle of getting a tattoo and a facial, she then sticks two knives in Jang’s hands]
Lucy: Learning is always a painful process. Like when you’re little and your bones are growing and you ache all over. Do you believe I can remember the sound of my own bones growing? Like this grinding under the skin. Everything is different now, like sounds are music that I can understand. Like fluids.
[Jang shakes with pain from the knives in hands as he watches and listens to Lucy]
Lucy: It’s funny, I used to be so concerned with who I was and what I wanted to be and, now that I have access to the furthest reaches of my brain, I see things clearly and realize that what makes us, it’s primitive. They’re all obstacles. Does that make any sense? Like this pain you’re experiencing, it’s blocking you from understanding. All you know now is pain, that’s all you know, pain. Where are the others? The others carrying the drugs, I need the rest of it. For medicinal purposes.
[Jang doesn’t reply]
[Lucy places her thumbs on Jang’s forehead and uses her newfound powers to tap into his brain and sees the destination of the other drug mules on their
Lucy: Berlin. Paris. Rome.
[she takes her thumbs away from Jang’s forehead]
Lucy: Thank you for sharing.
[Lucy rises and leaves, Jang lets out a pained scream]
[Norman arrives at his hotel in Paris]
The Receptionist: Oh. Evening, Professor..
Professor Norman: Bonsoir, Albert.
[the receptionist gives Norman the key to his room]
The Receptionist: Do we have you for dinner tonight?
Professor Norman: I’m afraid so, I am exhausted.
The Receptionist: Have a good rest.
Professor Norman: Thank you.
[Norman turns and walks towards his room]
[Lucy bangs on her apartment door, her roommate, Caroline opens the door looking half asleep]
Caroline: You scared the shit out of me when you knock like some nut bar. I missed you.
[Caroline hugs Lucy]
Lucy: Me too.
[as Lucy hugs Caroline she feels all of Caroline’s cells before she moves away]
Caroline: Did you lose your key or something?
Lucy: Yeah. Can I borrow your laptop?
[Lucy sits at the table and starts using the laptop]
Caroline: Yeah, of course. So, I spent all yesterday in auditions, which was awesome. So they just had me standing around all day, cause they don’t give a shit about your time, gabbing away in Chinese. Who understands Chinese? I don’t understand Chinese. And then uh…they say they’re always gonna call, and they never do, cause they don’t even take your phone number, you know? Except this one guy, but he, uh…he’s not Chinese. He works at the agency and he’s cute. Oh, my God. He’s cute. And they’re like, they’re cute and they kind of know it kind of way, like he had this thing. Oh, my God. His ass. His…ooph. Don’t even get me started on that. And you are never gonna guess where he took me.
[Caroline hesitates and then Lucy, knowing her answer, replies at the same time]
Lucy, Caroline: Four Seasons, Royal Suite. And we made love all night.
Caroline: I’m sorry, I’m talking about myself. What’s up? How’s Richard?
Lucy: He’s dead.
Caroline: You guys are crazy. I’m gonna take a shower.
[Caroline goes into the bathroom as Lucy continues to use her laptop]
[after finding all of Norman’s research and reading them in a matter of minutes, Lucy calls Norman]
Professor Norman: Yes?
Lucy: Professor Norman, my name is Lucy. I just read all your research on the human brain. We need to meet.
Professor Norman: All of my research? Well, I’m very flattered, young lady, but I find that hard to believe. I must have written no less than…
Lucy: Six thousand seven hundred thirty four pages. I can recite them all to you by heart, if you wish.
[Norman hesitates, still not believing her]
Professor Norman: Are you one of Emily’s friends? This sounds like one of her silly jokes. Is she there with you?
[suddenly Norman’s TV screen comes on showing Lucy sat in her apartment]
Lucy: No, I’m on my own.
Professor Norman: Who are you?
Lucy: I just told you.
Professor Norman: Uh…Lucy, right? Yes. Sorry.
Lucy: I read your theory on the use of the brain’s capacity. It’s a little rudimentary but you’re on the right track.
Professor Norman: Thank you.
Lucy: Professor, my cells are reproducing at a phenomenal speed. Several million per second. And I’m having trouble precisely evaluating the time of my death but I doubt I’ll last more than twenty-four hours.
Professor Norman: What are you talking about?
Lucy: What I’m saying is that your theory is not a theory. I absorbed a large quantity of synthetic CPH4 that will allow me to use a hundred percent of my cerebral capacity. Right now, I’m at twenty-eight percent. And what you wrote is true, once the brain reaches twenty percent it opens up and expands the rest, there are no more obstacles. They fall away like dominoes. I’m colonizing my own brain.
[Norman looks visibly dumbstruck]
Professor Norman: Uh, well, I…I don’t know what to say. It’s true, I…I’ve been working on this theory for over twenty years. But it’s…it’s only…only ever been hypothesis and research ideas. I never thought anyone would…
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