- Cast: Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Robert John Burke, Andrew Howard, Patricia Kalember, Eddie J. Fernandez, T.V. Carpio, Anna Kuchma, Ned Eisenberg, Darren Goldstein, Daniel Breaker, Tom Bloom, Cindy Katz, Robert Bizik, Tomas Arana, Lee M. Cunningham, Brian Anthony Wilson, Gustavo Cunha, Chris McMullin, Nina Hodoruk
- Director: Neil Burger
- Writers: Leslie Dixon, Alan Glynn
- Producers: Leslie Dixon, Ryan Kavanaugh, Scott Kroopf
- Co Producer: Adam Fields
- Executive Producers: Bradley Cooper, Jason Felts, Tucker Tooley
- Casting: Douglas Aibel
- Costume Design: Jenny Gering
- D.O.P.: Jo Willems
- Editors: Tracy Adams, Naomi Geraghty
- Makeup: Diane Heller
- Music: Nico Muhly
- Production Design: Patrizia von Brandenstein
- Set Decoration: Diane Lederman
An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination. Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra's (Cooper) rejection by girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) confirms his belief that he has zero future.
That all vanishes the day an old friend introduces Eddie to MDT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident than any man alive. Now on an MDT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddie's read, heard or seen is instantly organized and available to him. As the former nobody rises to the top of the financial world, he draws the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who sees this enhanced version of Eddie as the tool to make billions.
But brutal side effects jeopardize his meteoric ascent. With a dwindling stash and hit men who will eliminate him to get the MDT, Eddie must stay wired long enough to elude capture and fulfill his destiny. If he can't, he will become just another victim who thought he'd found invincibility in a bottle
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Philadelphia, USA; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language
- Production Budget: $26 million
- Production Companies: Universal Studios, Relativity Media, Virgin Produced
- Production Schedule: March 2010 - May 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Following the path of every addiction - the initial euphoric highs, the unwelcome side effects, the brutal comedown and the desperation to avoid rock bottom, this is a fairly routine sounding thriller with a fun macguffin - a drug that causes the user to fully tap into the brain's unused potential.
Based on Alan Glynn's 2003 techno-thriller novel "The Dark Fields", reviews for the book claim it was an entertaining read with some big concepts but ultimately a bit of a mess. Despite bodies piling up and his life changing so drastically, the hero doesn't question the origin of the narcotic until near the very end of the book, so the answers aren't that creative or well resolved.
Yet this $26 million adaptation has a modest chance of improving on the material. The script is by long time Hollywood comedy scribe Leslie Dixon ("Outrageous Fortune," "Mrs. Doubtfire") who also wrote two of the very few successful remakes of recent times - "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Freaky Friday".
Neil Burger, who gave us the surprisingly enjoyable "The Illusionist" in 2006, is directing. However the trailer is decidedly dull while the film's ending is being reshot this week - two months out from release which is generally not a good sign."