Human capacity is amazing; however, people are more preocupied to have than to know, and we do not fully use but a 10% of our brain. If we compare it to other animals, we can see that dolphins, for instance, use 20% of their capacity to survive. A new drug manipulated by technology can take the human mind to the highest level possible.
Professor Norman: Animal life on Earth goes back millions of years. Yet most species only use 3 to 5% of its cerebal 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. 10% might not seem like much, but it’s a lot if you look at all we’ve done with it.
Life means to live in time or against it; death is inevitable, but cells continue to live by reproducing in the best environment possible. Time is our ally when we decide to know and learn. If we have a 20% capacity of our mind we could be able to do things like the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. If we expanded our minds we could be able to control others and then matter.
The movie begins with a college girl that meets a guy at a party and then is blackmailed to become a part of a drug enterprise. This drug is able to make people use their mental capacity at a 100%. Lucy becomes the first human to develop her mind’s capacity to the fullest, so she is able to regain all her memories, feelings and faculties to make a stand against the drug that is slowly killing her. But what would happen?
Professor Norman: For primitive beings like us, life seems to have only one single purpose: gaining time. And it is going through time that seems to be also the only real purpose of each of the cells in our bodies. To achieve that aim, the mass of the cells that make up earthworms and human beings has only two solutions: to be immortal, or to reproduce. If its habitat is not sufficiently favorable or nurturing, the cell will choose immortality. In other words, self-sufficiency and self-management. On the other hand, if the habitat is favorable, they will choose to reproduce. 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. Thus, knowledge and learning are handed down through time.
If we talk about our mind as a computer then, is reason the only one in charge for our actions? To act we need intelligence and will to be considered a human action; if we lack one of those then we are limited. This drug alters and enhances our rationality (from our senses to abstract concepts) but it doesn’t make us good, the will seems suspended by reasons we come by, but not in our capacity to want to do good.
Lucy: Humans consider themselves unique so they’ve rooted their whole theory of existence on their uniqueness. One is their unit of measure, but it’s not. All social systems we’ve put into place are a mere sketch. One plus one equals two. That’s all we’ve learned, but one plus one has never equaled two. There are, in fact, no numbers and no letters. We’ve codified our existence to bring it down to human size to make it comprehensible. We’ve created a scale so that we can forget its unfathomable scale.
We may feel everything, we may remember everything from our life, imagine things far greater, know every language and names of unkown things, decide what or how to feel, but are we able to love?