Rating: 7.3/10 ()
Director: Neil Burger
Runtime: 105 min
Release Date: 18 March 2011 (USA) See more »
Taglines: What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?
Writers: Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
A copywriter discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. As his usage begins to change his life, he begins to consider the drug's shadowy origins; meanwhile, a group of killers trails his every move.
Bradley Cooper - Eddie Morra
Robert De Niro - Carl Van Loon
Abbie Cornish - Lindy
Andrew Howard - Gennady
Anna Friel - Melissa
Johnny Whitworth - Vernon
Tomas Arana - Man in Tan Coat
Robert John Burke - Pierce
Darren Goldstein - Kevin Doyle
Ned Eisenberg - Morris Brandt
T.V. Carpio - Valerie
Richard Bekins - Hank Atwood
Patricia Kalember - Mrs. Atwood
Cindy Katz - Marla Sutton
Brian Anthony Wilson - Detective (as Brian A. Wilson)
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Filming Locations: Bahia de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Official Site(s): Official site |
Shia LaBeouf was cast but had to drop out after he badly injured his arm in a car accident. He was replaced by Bradley Cooper.
A Fun and Original Science-fiction Thriller , rated: 8/10
This movie doesn't exactly go deep with either the moral or thematic implications of super intelligence. Nor are the characters particularly well developed. But I was engaged from beginning to end with this taut and, best of all, original thriller. I've never seen anything quite like it. It proceeds in a generally credible and suspenseful way from its premise--a pill that allows you to use all of your brain.Of course, the notion that we're only using a small fraction of our brains is untrue, but I liked how the film uses this urban fib as a springboard for its engaging story.
There are one or two moments that strain credulity, (I'm thinking, particularly, of the one-eyed thug who can't seem to hit the broad side of a barn with his gun) but I think every good story has a few of those.
The camera tricks and visual effects used to externalize what's going on in the main character's head are also a lot of fun. Good performances by all the actors.
If you yearn for science fiction movies and thrillers that you can actually believe from moment to moment and haven't seen 10 times before, then I'd recommend this one.