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This is one of the most intriguing screenplays I've seen in a long time. It's premise is a fresh, exciting idea asking 'what would you do?' Would you use a drug that gave you endless intelligence and anything possible? Even if that meant ANYTHING? And I love the use of color in this film. Very smart.
Eh, not the worst movie I've seen. Definitely not the best. Too shticky (yes, that's a word) for me. I'm still waiting for Guy Ritchie to return to the awesome film-making we all know he can do. Guess I'll be waiting a little longer.
What a great little film. Full of wonderful performances by faces you may recognize, but can't remember from what. Demetri Martin is anything but his usual stand-up persona as a young man fighting to keep his family's business above water while pining for the life he truly desires. Imelda Staunton is unrecognizable as his mother and after watching the film, I want to know where Henry Goodman (who plays his father with dignity and tenderness) has been all my movie-watching life. Leiv Schreiber is absolutely stunning and the rest of the cast, who make brief cameos throughout, round out another wonderful film from Ang Lee.
I really wanted to like this movie more. I enjoyed the premise and did feel the adrenaline rush not of jolting fear, but of the anticipation, the unknown. I am a fan of a good horror movie. That means you don't always have to see something to be afraid of it. This film began well, but didn't have the strength to carry it to the end. If I had to choose, I prefer the alternate ending; however, both are very weak compared to what the film deserved. Kudos go to the filmmakers for originality, which I feel is sorely lacking today. Perhaps the next creation will be stronger.