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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:
Johnny Whitworth, T.V. Carpio
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Johnny Whitworth, T.V. Carpio, Andrew Howard, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Patricia Kalember, Robert John Burke, Anna Friel, 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
Starring Johnny Whitworth, T.V. Carpio, Andrew Howard, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Patricia Kalember, Robert John Burke, Anna Friel, 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

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CrazyStreak on 10 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 July 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This for me is a ''must -see' movie.
The tale is about 'Eddie Morra'(Bradley Cooper) who leads a pretty mundane life, he write's, however this has not brought about any success...........his life is going nowhere.....until --his ex-brother-in-law hands him an untested tablet 'NZI' after a chance meeting.
The tablet suddenly gives 'Eddie' a level of clarity-of-mind and a wide memory range.
'Eddie'' wants more.............his sudden found knowledge and sharp reactions attract the attention of 'high-flyer's' in the business world including 'Carl Van Loon' (Robert De Niro) along many that will stop at nothing to obtain the 'tablet'
'Eddie's' abilities with the tablet are truly ''limitless' giving him the opportunity to earn an unlimited fortune, however he needs a constant supply from the designer of the drug.
Certainly worth a spin.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Lang on 12 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
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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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2011
Format: DVD
Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) plays Edward "Eddie" Morra an unkempt writer-come-loser who has recently been dumped by his long-term girlfriend (Abbie Cornish) for a complete lack of drive. When he bumps into his drug-dealing ex-brother-in-law, he is given an experimental new drug called NZT. The pitch is; it allows you to "access 100% of your brain", whilst there is no high or intoxication, NZT brings clarity like no other nootropic before. Everything you have learnt, seen, read, overheard or even just glimpsed becomes neatly ordered and integrated into your thoughts. Naturally, this turns Eddie into a super-motivated genius with the solution for anything. However when Eddie's dealer turns up dead and strange men start following him in the street, his meteoric rise to stardom - fuelled by NZT - starts to look like it might run out of steam all too soon. Will Eddie climb high enough before the drug runs out? Or will the shadier elements of the experimental pharmacological world catch up with him first?

Limitless is a great film with snappy direction (credit to Neil Burger) shot in such a way that the stylised scenes allow us to experience Eddie's high. The concept is supported by a great cast (Robert De Niro, the beautiful Anna Friel and Abbie Cornish) and some great scenes (The party where Eddie is literally everywhere at once and holding about thirty simultaneous conversations stands out). Of course this is Hollywood, so the morals of taking a drug to better yourself is countered by the negatives of addiction, withdrawal and inevitably, death.
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