“For a guy with a four digit IQ, I must have missed something. And I hadn’t missed much. I’d come this close to having an impact on the world. And now the only thing I’d have an impact on was the sidewalk.” – Eddie
Number of Times Seen – Twice (23 May 2011 and 5 Aug 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck writer gets a hold of a powerful drug that helps him maximize his brain power level but powerful and dangerous people begin to track him in order to take these drugs away from him.
My Take on it – This is a film with a fascinating plot that is able to work really well.
The film utilizes the visuals of speed and color to show changes in the character’s state of mind as to whether he is on his superpill or not.
This helps the viewer get a much better understand of the experiences that he is having while under the influence or not and helps make the plot even more tangible to grasp.
Bradley Cooper is a superb choice for the lead especially since he can play the range that this character needs to possess as he is in different stages of his life and mental capacity throughout the film.
Te story lows at a great pace and allows us to get so much insight into how a world that has this kind of super-drug in it would conceivably be run.
The supporting cast is also great with Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro both playing their characters really well especially since we can easily see how nothing quite is how is might appear to be at first glance.
Bottom Line – Fascinating idea that works really well. The way that the film changes its speed and color when the main character is either on or off of the pill helps enhance the changes that he is experiencing when he is in both of those states. Cooper is superbly chosen in the lead and he is able to play his character really well in every incarnation that he must embody. The story moves along really well and allows us to get insight into how a world that has this kind of life changing drug in it would conceivably be run. In addition to Cooper, Cornish and De Niro are also both really good here because none of the characters are ever what they might appear to be at first glance. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bradley Cooper’s father was ill with terminal cancer during the filming of this movie, and Cooper was accordingly relieved that the movie was shot in his hometown of Philadelphia and he could check on his father every day. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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