Rasha Muntaqaa with Ahmed Tahsin Shams
Lucy, a sci-fi action film recently released internationally and in Bangladesh, connects with all the roots of theological beliefs and self-development philosophies in context of Darwin's evolution theory. Director Luc Besson views coincide with the views of Baul Lalon and Goutam Buddha to a great extent, though the film is treated in a post-modern way of surrealism and a mesmerizing scientific approach has been made in the visual fiction. The modern science has been used in the film in shaping the protagonist Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) to a super human or a person having supreme power, through making her brain capable to use 100% eventually, directly relates with the 8 fold paths of Buddha and Lalon's concept of soul and discards many orthodox dogmas of stereotype theological beliefs.
According to Darwin, from apes we evolved into today's human being but it's not the end. Evolution process is eternal and yet on-going and here comes Besson's Lucy whose evolution in this age of science transformed her into another supreme being. The journey of metamorphosis of Lucy thus begins.
Through evolution, human colored, customized; in some cases, materialized. Humans could not come over all the animalistic instincts from themselves. They tamed the nature a lot; who could confirm nature hasn't kept them tamed more? So there the movie caught the point. It came up with some comparisons between humans and wilds. The more their earthly necessities increase, the more the animalistic attributes thrive. Then again, the power enhanced through using the whole brain, is hypothesized to lead to virtuality, invisibility, immortality. In a nutshell, this is pictured that, from the smallest lives to the supreme power, from the root to the rim, all are chained together. To touch the end, one must reach the beginning.
Lucy was caught by some of these over-needy people, a smuggler group. They kidnapped her to serve as a drug mule and carry an experimentally synthesized hormone (CPH4). A bag of the drug is forcibly implanted into Lucy's abdomen and that of three other drug mules who will also transport the drug for sales in Europe. Accidently the bag burst out in her stomach releasing a large quantity of the drug into her system resulting powerful and enhanced physical and mental capabilities, telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, higher tolerance and so on.
The story flows to her gradual increase of usage of her brain. In the beginning it started from less than 10% and then to 28%, 40%, 60%, 90% and ultimately to 100% making her the supreme, the zero, the nothingness. "To achieve nothingness is to achieve everything". The end is the beginning. "To Know the Not" is what clearly relates to the philosophies of Lalon and Buddha.
She surpassed earthly bindings regarding time, place, speed. She achieved psychokinesis or distant movement skill, thus she didn't need body to communicate with the materials and influence physical system without physical interaction. The time theory is also explained with visual imageries in the movie; the higher the speed is, the less is the visibility. Lucy described, we're existing in terms of time. If the excessive speed is consumed that surpasses the real time, we can turn into atomic energy and thus be invisible relatively as per Einstein's theory of relativity.
Finally, with the help of the evolution researcher Professor Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman), in his lab, at Lucy's wish, she was intravenously injected with the contents of all four remaining bags of CPH4. She reached 100% of her cerebral capacity. After connecting herself with all the super computers for saving all the data, she disappeared within the space time continuum. Thus a scientific approach has been made by the director which to an extent urges Nazrul's lines: 'Sobar Upore Manush Shotto, Tahar Upore Nai' (Human beings above all). Even Professor Norman also said - "Human having rather being".
The movie, similar to its scheme, ends but doesn't really. The first ever lady was an ape, the ancestor, touching whose fingertip, Lucy touched the eternity. It all started from absolute emptiness, the birth of life. In the movie, Lucy achieved the modern Nirvana depicted by the director Besson, becoming able to use her brain more than usual.
Director Besson, however, hypothesized the next steps of achieving this Nirvana, to the way of 100% usage of human brain which is an idiosyncratic attempt of contemporary digital period to go beyond limits. He implied Lucy as the same person to the ape ancestor by illustrating the touch of their fingertips being the end. Here the end meets with the beginning making evolution a circle - existing through all the time and space. The source and the destination are all the same - right where Besson's philosophy went with Lalon's viewpoint of "nothingness". Besson portrayed Buddhism with the idea that touching the root is to meet the inner self, which is spread everywhere. Being nothing is achieving everything. At the end, when Lucy went invisible and she was asked where was she, she replied, "I AM EVERYWHERE" through a text. So Besson portrays, if 100% of human brain can be used, human would no more remain human but be the Supreme.
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