Unlimited power for anti-hero
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.