Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox – 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13/Unrated
Feature running time: 105/106 minutes
Genre: Thriller
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert DeNiro
Directed by: Neil Burger
Music by: Paul Leonard-Morgan
Written by: Leslie Dixon based on “Dark Fields” Alan Glynn
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 19, 2011

Storyline (courtesy of
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.

My Take
is a better-than-average entertaining thriller that features a solid storyline, with great execution and a solid performance from its casts. This is a very strong Blu-ray Disc offering from eOne Entertainment that features a very strong high definition video transfer, near-perfect lossless surround soundtrack and an above average assortment of bonus supplements. This is easily worth a purchase even just for its near-reference quality audio and video presentation.

Audio: 9/10
Video: 8/10
Storyline: 8/10

Synopsis (courtesy of
Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is a disheveled unemployed writer. He has a contract to write a book but is more talk than action. He has writer’s block. At lunch with his girl Lindy (Abby Cornish), she gives him his keys back and breaks up, frustrated with his lack of career progress while she has recently been promoted to editor.

Walking morosely down the New York St, he bumps into his ex-brother in law Vernon (Johnny Whitworth), after nine years. Vernon is friendly and invites Eddie for a drink. They talk about Melissa, who is living upstate. Eddie confesses he is behind schedule on the book. Vern is consulting with a pharmaceutical company, he passes Eddie a new brain drug to come on the market next year. Vern has to leave but leaves his business card. Eddie takes the translucent pill on his way home.

In the stairwell he bumps into the landlord’s wife, she rags him about late rent and lack of career. The drug begins to take effect and Eddie notices things with clarity. He then starts talking to the woman with confidence about legal studies and a short time later they go and have sex.

Back in his slovenly apartment Eddie notices the mess and quickly cleans up, he then gets on the laptop and starts writing. The words fly. The next morning he is back to normal but he has several hundred pages of his book printed out. He brings them to his editor who eyes them warily. At his apt he checks his voicemail, the editor is anxious to talk, she has read 40 pages and is impressed.

Eddie goes to visit Vernon. Vern’s face is bloody but won’t say what happened. Vern explains the drug is called NZT48 and asks Eddie to pick up his drycleaning and get some food. On returning the door is ajar. Vern is on the sofa, dead and the apartment is turned over. Eddie is stunned and scared. He settles down and calls 911. Then he searches for the NZT48 stash, while waiting for the police he finds a plastic baggie full of the pills inside the oven, along with a wad of cash and an address book.

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