Film Review

Use of Technology and Special Effects in Films – The Case of Lucy



Use of Technology and Special Effects in Films – The Case of Lucy

Written and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy is a science fiction action film produced by the Europacorp. It was released on July 2014 receiving critical acclaim the world over. It rotates around the life of a character, Lucy, an American 25 year old lady studying in Taiwan who is convinced forcefully to act as a drug mule by her boyfriend who works for Mr. Jang, a Korean drug lord. She delivers a suitcase containing four packets of an extremely prised synthetic drug, CPH4. Upon delivery, she is operated without her knowledge or consent and a packet of the CPH4 put in her abdomen like in other three drug mules, and are all expected to transport to different areas across the world. Lucy is unfortunately kicked at and the packet starts to lick giving her psychokinetic abilities and brain capacity expansion from the normal 10%, gradually to twenty, thirty, and forty, all stages with different explorations of the mind, until she reaches 100 percent of the cerebral capacity and then diminishes into the space time continuum (Besson, 2014).

Special and visual effects involve the creation, alteration, and the enhancement of imagery in the post-production period of a film. This works in connection with special effects that are incorporated within the film in the process of capturing the scene. Through rear and front-screen projection, computer graphic objects, and characters, miniature perspectives, rigs, and matte painting films use different, special and visual effects to improve graphical practicality, and make sure the film is understandable (Zwerman & Okun, 2012). Lucy utilizes different, special and visual effects through an extensive application of technology. Effects like Lucy’s ability to take any form, disintegration and reformation of her body, manipulation of human behaviour through her mind, sprouting of black tendrils that form a super-computer, and others such as matte paintings, visual representation of blood vessels and the processes of transpiration and transportation in plants, and the visual representation of radio waves from cell phones among others, shows the extensive application of special and visual effects in the film (Besson, 2014).

The use of technology and special effects in modern films have enhanced the effectiveness of using films for passing information to the society. I believe the application of these developments makes films more interesting and fun to watch, they enhance practicality of graphics, include emotions, and make it easier to follow the storyline to the end by making films more understandable.


Besson, L. (Director). (2014). Lucy [Motion Picture].

Zwerman, S., & Okun, J. A. (2012). Visual Effects Society Handbook: Workflow and Techniques. London: Taylor & Francis.

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