What if a simple pill could solve all your problems by giving you the ability to use all your brain (according to the film we only use 20%)? Imagine the potential of being productive, resourceful, attentive with nothing to block your time, and having time for all in your life, from work to pleasure... That's a little bit of the thing here...the main character, Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper), is an aspiring writer who mostly by fear or ineptitude has writer block until the pill crosses his path. However, for good or bad everything will change in his life...he will be in danger but he will be so good he will turn up working for a big boss on financial trading.... The film has a bit of everything and is very good, has a good premise and it keeps the pace very well until the end. In the end we realise a good thing, that though the pill enhance one person capabilities it does so in different manners. If you don't have a "good" brain you won't be so much enhanced, and that's great because no matter how much we'd all want to take a pill and be more efficient, more happy about everything we do, there still some in ourselves that counts for something, we were build in some way and that won't change. We forget so much during our life, we acquire so much information, that eventually will be trashed and never reached again, as not everyone has the same abilities of storage and memory or even reason enough to make things happen.
There is definitely a danger in this pill, enhancing ones brain should have a hard effect on the entire body. I guess possibilities of improving are there and there are pills for that, but I guess we all have to accept what we have and deal with it, because if we have potential the only thing playing against us is fear...and that simply won't do.
Bradley Cooper is a fine actor I hope he'll receive more main character in the future, and I guess his blue eyes were perfect for the new world image he gets from taking the pills. Not even De Niro can stole his good presence on screen. Go go Cooper :P
The light contrasts between the two mind stages were very visual and were perfectly perceived by the viewer. Neil Burger definitely stays on tracks after "The Illusionist" (2006) with this adaptation of Alan Glynn novel "The Dark Fields".