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With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

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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 NZT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident than any man alive. Now on an NZT-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 NZT, Eddie must stay wired long ... Written by Relativity Media

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What if a pill could make you rich and powerful? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,907,302 (USA) (18 March 2011)

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$79,235,468 (USA) (1 July 2011)
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In the film, Ned Eisenberg is portrayed as a cutthroat lawyer. This would be his second portrayal as such a character, the first being on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, where he played defense attorney Roger Kressler. See more »

Goofs

During the fight in the fancy condo at the end, Gennady shakes his case of pills, saying he doesn't like getting this low (implying he still has some left). There is an audible rattle of pill inside. He then explains he transforms the pills to an inject-able form. Shortly after, when the fight is over, and Eddie needs a dose, he drinks the spilled blood.. ignoring the case with Gennady's remaining pill inside. See more »

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[first lines]
Eddie Morra: Obviously I miscalculated a few things.
Man: [banging door] Eddie! I know you're in there.
Eddie Morra: Why is it that the moment your life exceeds your wildest dreams, the knife appears at your back? Well, I'll tell you one thing... I will never let them touch me.
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Referenced in Wrecked: Poison (2017) See more »

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La Boquilla (Dixone Remix)
Written by Simón Mejia (as Federico Simon Mejia Ochoa) and Liliana Saumet (as Liliana Maria Saumet Avila)
Performed by Bomba Estéreo (as Bomba Estereo)
Courtesy of Nacional Records
By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Intriguing concept, mediocre film
2 June 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to this movie. It has so much potential: an intriguing and clever concept, superb actors, decent script, good direction, sensational visual effects and editing, so what happened? I can't help but feel there was a great story driven film in here at one time during development. However, somehow studio executives -- no doubt pandering to the teenage boy demographic -- just had to add in all the predictable car chases and shoot-em-up gratuitous action. In the end this action was irritatingly distracting from the very captivating storyline that I kept on wishing they would come back to - i.e what happens when one has unlimited cognitive capacity. This is the same flaw that marred Christopher Nolan's otherwise fascinating story in Inception.

Note to studios and filmmakers why can't you be bold enough to just stick with the STORY? You're squandering these great concepts. Not every film needs to be an action/adventure.


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