Un­lim­ited power for anti-hero


Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Bradley Cooper, Ab­bie Cor­nish, Robert De Niro, Anna Friel.

IMAG­INE the ef­fect of a won­der drug that could re­boot the brain to use all its power in­stead of just the nor­mal 10 or 20%. Screen­writer Les­lie Dixon adapts the idea as an (im)moral­ity tale about a strug­gling writer, who has the whole world in his hands and self­ishly squanders this gift to in­dulge in the ex­cesses of mod­ern New York life. Ed­die Morra (Cooper) has been wrestling with writer’s block and his girl­friend Lindy (Cor­nish) has given up on him. But he is of­fered a won­der drug that in­creases brain ac­tiv­ity and creativ­ity. Ed­die be­comes ad­dicted as he changes from hope­less bum into suave, ul­tra-con­fi­dent man about town, win­ning back Lindy and earn­ing the re­spect of pow­er­ful Wall Street mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro). How­ever, Ed­die’s sup­ply of pills is fi­nite and in or­der to con­tinue his me­te­oric rise, he must ac­quire a new stash. No­body likes a know-it-all and sure enough, Cooper strug­gles to win our sym­pa­thy for his dru­gas­sisted hero. There’s a cer­tain amount of Schaden­freude on our part when he must suf­fer for abus­ing his pow­ers. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, Sex, Vi­o­lence.

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