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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?


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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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18 March 2011 (USA)  »

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The Dark Fields  »

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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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Throughout the production it was called "The Dark Fields." The same name of the book on which it is based. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie is ordering a meal in the Italian restaurant, what he says is gibberish, not Italian. 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 Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.22 (2015) See more »

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Don't Sweat The Technique
Written by Eric B. (as Eric Barrier) and 'Rakim (I)' (as William Griffin)
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Fun and Original Science-fiction Thriller
14 March 2011 | by (Vancouver, B.C. Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie doesn't exactly go deep with either the moral or thematic implications of super intelligence. Nor are the characters particularly well developed. But I was engaged from beginning to end with this taut and, best of all, original thriller. I've never seen anything quite like it. It proceeds in a generally credible and suspenseful way from its premise--a pill that allows you to use all of your brain.Of course, the notion that we're only using a small fraction of our brains is untrue, but I liked how the film uses this urban fib as a springboard for its engaging story.

There are one or two moments that strain credulity, (I'm thinking, particularly, of the one-eyed thug who can't seem to hit the broad side of a barn with his gun) but I think every good story has a few of those.

The camera tricks and visual effects used to externalize what's going on in the main character's head are also a lot of fun. Good performances by all the actors.

If you yearn for science fiction movies and thrillers that you can actually believe from moment to moment and haven't seen 10 times before, then I'd recommend this one.


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