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A paranoia-fuelled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Starring:
Andrew Howard, Robert De Niro
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Andrew Howard, Robert De Niro, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, T.V. Carpio, Robert John Burke, Patricia Kalember, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Tomas Arana
Director Neil Burger
Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 1 August 2011
Main languages English
Original title Dark Fields, The
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Andrew Howard, Robert De Niro, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, T.V. Carpio, Robert John Burke, Patricia Kalember, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Tomas Arana
Director Neil Burger
Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 1 August 2011
Main languages English
Original title Dark Fields, The

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Format: DVD
I was taken in by the opening credits as an outline of a brain turns into a city. I am a big sucker for that microcosm/ macrocosm stuff.

Edward has writer's block. He has a book contract for some reason, yet hasn't written a word. His girlfriend, who was his meal ticket leaves him. Bummed out he decides to go live on a bunk bed at Dad's place in New Jersey, but then bumps into his ex-brother-in-law, who is a drug dealer. He offers Edward a pill that increases a person's use of their brain. They can recall everything they have seen or read and can correlate it to increase intelligence. The smarter a person is to begin with, the more data they have to work with. Edward is a smart guy to begin with, so he is able to start his book. The downside is that the pill wears off. Not only does one lose the abilities, but they get a little ADD, and throw up like a heroin addict. Too much of the pill causes a Mr. Hyde type of character including blackouts. Edward's supplier is murdered and Edward finds his stash of pills and a wad of cash.

Edward uses his ability to make money on Wall Street. He catches the attention of big time corporations as well as the Russian mafia. He quickly finds out people who take the smart pill eventually die from either taking too much or running out. Edward must try to balance his life.

I loved the concept. I loved how they did the drug effect with simple but effective camera tricks. Anyone who has come down off of cocaine, LSD, or heroin knows how Edward feels and he portrays a man coming off drugs very well.

I even liked the ending, although the last few minutes should have been stretched out.
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The concept behind the film, being of a pill which can allow the user to make use of the full power of the brain, and the fact Robert De Niro is cast, makes this a must watch film in itself.

But what of it? A cleverly written script flows along without ever confusing the viewer, and the explanations as to how the pill works is kept to a minimum, to allow the scenarios to take place and ensure the plot isn't interrupted by needless medical jargon.

There are a couple of plotholes which occur, but that aside, the film is a worthwhile watch with many twists and turns, some of which happen in such a short period of time and really grab your attention. Although Robert De Niros role is 'limited', his very presence is suited to the overall casting and premise of the film.

The only real downside is the editing. Films are usually edited to ensure they fit into the 90 minute timeframe, and although the scenes in the first 80 minutes seemed to gel and had you transfixed throughout, the latter part felt rushed to achieve its conclusion. If only the cinema goers attention span was limitless.

Overall a stylish, entertaining, intellectual thriller, where dialogue and plot take centre stage rather than car chases and explosions, but a directors cut, where the film can flow for its duration would be ideal.
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This is well a directed and slickly edited film about addiction and dependency, decisions and consequences. A vivid and garish adventure into an unforgiving world. A dark humour pervades the film resulting in an enjoyable odyssey.

Bradley Cooper is impressive as Eddie Morra, a despondent failure. A chance encounter and a pill changes everything. He is presented with an opportunity to change his life and does so with alacrity. When the inevitable consequences of his drug dependency occur he needs to act quickly in order to survive. The film ends with an optimism not discernible in the previous 100 minutes.
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From the trailers I had seen, this didn't really look to be a great film, but after watching it I was rather impressed. Finally in a main role that has some bite, Cooper plays his role flawlessly.

The underlying theme is clever, making the viewer ask themselves some moral questions - what would you do given the chance?

Shot in a thoughtful and impactful way throughout, the director uses a miriad of colours and subtle effects to bring you into the different, clearer world in which our protagonist finds himself.

The ending was good, not the obvious choice, which makes the film better. De Niro's role wasn't quite fleshed out enough to have the impact intended, but overall a very enjoyable film, kudos.
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Have you ever been cornered by a cokehead at a party? Of course you have. They share their brilliant insights and ideas for killer projects that they somehow haven't got off the ground yet, and trample all over anything you say to them, because they are the elephant-sized God in the room.

Limitless is a film with moments of true greatness, but sadly it's undermined by the fact that its central conceit involves Bradley Cooper strutting around New York as the exact depiction of what every arrogant, coke-addled advertising executive thinks they're like ALL THE TIME.

Eddie, a loveable loser writer gets (incredibly plot-expedient and unconvincing) access to a potent designer drug that boosts his intellect exponentially and makes him shave, the same day that his exasperated and preternaturally patronising girlfriend leaves him. This ex-girlfriend is of course won back instantly by the fact he's started shaving.

Also impressed by Eddie's new shaving skills is Carl, Robert de Niro's prickly CEO. We're constantly told that this character gives no one a second chance, but Eddie wigs out in every single scene with Carl and still somehow manages to wind up playing a key role in a multi-billion takeover deal... apparently receiving tens of millions of dollars on the strength of a verbal contract.

Meanwhile, Eddie runs into a spot of bother, as this mind-enhancing drug gives him the power to predict the stock markets, but apparently not to recognise that getting involved with loan sharks and mind-altering drugs is probably not the greatest idea. Essentially, this wonder-drug starts to wear a bit thin whenever confronted with a problem that can't be solved by shaving or, in extreme cases, wearing a nice suit.
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