With his writing career dragging and his girlfriend casting him off, Eddie Morra’s life turns around when he takes a drug that provides astonishing mental focus — but its deadly side effects threaten his future. (Netflix)
I’ve been looking forward to this one. And overall, it was a pretty good movie. A few plot holes, but overall enjoyable. A good thriller that you don’t really have to think while you are watching, which has been the trend lately with thrillers. Bradley Cooper does a really nice job as Eddie Morra, showing the physical, emotional, and psychological decline of someone addicted to drugs, even if the drug is supposed to help you. It is an interesting concept, accessing the parts of your brain that normally go unused. Not going to lie, the whole broker/merger thing confused me a little bit. I’m not really a business person, maybe that is why. Also, from a character standpoint, if he had devoted his life to writing, why did he give it up so easily once he started taking NZT? You would assume he would start cranking out books like no other. Also, if he was making money off of the stocks that fast, why did he have to go to the loan shark? Like I said, a few plot holes. Abbie Cornish and Robert DeNiro are underutilized, considering poor Lindy (Cornish’s character) is merely a pawn, and somewhat shallow, going back and forth to Eddie depending on the state of his life. DeNiro is just a businessman, nothing really exciting. The only other thing that bugged me (and this is a bit of a spoiler, just warning) that Morra really had no consequences for his actions. He has a generally happy ending. It reminded me of something one of my theatre professors at school said. When Kathryn Bigelow was casting The Hurt Locker, she didn’t want any big names, because with a big name, the audience won’t believe that the character could die at any moment. So, when Cooper’s character almost killed himself, deep down, I knew he wasn’t going to do it. Oh well, I’ve rambled enough. Like I said, not a bad thriller, but it just doesn’t rank among some of the best ones that have come out in recent years.