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 enough to elude capture and fulfill his destiny. If he can’t, he will become just another victim who thought he’d found invincibility in a bottle. —IMDb
Neil Norman Burger is an American film director who has filmed the pseudo-documentary Interview with the Assassin (2002), the period drama The Illusionist, and the 2011 thriller Limitless.
Life and career
After attending the Greenwich Country Day School and Brunswick School in Greenwich CT, Burger graduated from Yale University with a degree in fine arts and later became involved with experimental film in the 1980s. He then went on to direct music videos for such alternative artists as the Meat Puppets and used his renown and connections to approached MTV in 1991 with the idea to create and direct a series of promotional spots for what would be the MTV “Books: Feed Your Head” campaign against aliteracy. In an interview with Shave Magazine Neil described his work as “almost like PSA’s but they weren’t really; they were like music videos for literature and language.”
Burger, who directed and wrote Interview with an Assassin, won Best Feature for the film at the Woodstock… read more