The drugs do work in Neil Burger’s visually arresting morality tale, set in modern day New York. However, narcotic nirvana comes at a price.
Imagine what could be achieved if we could somehow energise our supposedly dormant brain power.
Alan Glynn’s debut novel, The Dark Fields, invented a drug that could do just that – reboot the brain – and imagined the repercussions.
Screenwriter Leslie Dixon adapts the book to the big screen as an (im)morality tale about a struggling writer, who squanders his remarkable gift.
Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) has been wrestling with writer’s block and his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) has given up on him.
Eddie meets his former brother-in-law, who furnishes him with a wonder pill, which reportedly increased brain activity.
As Eddie becomes addicted, he metamorphoses into a suave, ultra-confident and charming man about town, winning back Lindy and earning the respect of powerful Wall Street mogul, Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro).
However, Eddie’s supply of pills is finite and in order to continue his meteoric rise, he must acquire a new stash.