Rating : 6/10
Release Date : March, 2011
Time : 105 minutes
Director : Neil Burger; Writers : Leslie Dixon, based on the novel by Alan Glynn ‘The Dark Fields’; Music : Paul Leonard-Morgan
Starring : Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Hammond, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Robert John Burke
The central point in this film was fascinating - what if a pill could actually unlock the 90% of our brain / neurons that we don’t use. What would we do / become then ?
Sadly in this film, where Bradley Cooper is given such a pill, the focus, for the most part remains on the pills themselves, their side effects and the baddies after them, rather than what someone is able to accomplish with such powers. It actually, for the most part, boils down to a rather intricate financial deal, which is a bit sad given the overall potential (similar to Bruce Almighty – where with God-like powers all he does is take revenge on some street thugs and increase Jennifer Aniston’s bra-size)
Robert De Niro, Andrew Hammond are the people trying to get a piece of either Bradley or his magical pills while Abbie and Anna play his current and ex-love interest.
Wish the central thought, and its potential to change mankind / the face of the world was what was given prominence and not the personal progress of one individual…having said that the film is reasonably crisp and entertaining, with Bradley Cooper acquitting himself well…