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NEW YORK: So let's start with the premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity.As for the name "Lucy," it refers to the famous fossilized skeleton of a female estimated to have lived some 3 million years ago.The drug's effect is to enhance Lucy's brain capacity. As it starts to climb, Lucy can suddenly speak Chinese. As in, if Lucy can control movement, space and time, why can't she expand the 24 hours?Lucy heads there to meet Professor Norman, an expert on cerebral capacity (Morgan Freeman, in that gravelly-voiced, level-headed role you've seen him play so many times).Professor Norman advises Lucy that, as she approaches 100 percent capacity – and death – she should do something useful with all the precious knowledge she's acquiring.
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