I understand people's complaints. The main character makes a bad shortsighted decision to get ahead, the movie makes it clear he's headed for a crash. He even met his ex who told him that he could get out of this alive but he had to accept a cost of being forever damaged and unremarkable, but he refused to accept that. The movie should punish him right? He took drugs from bad people. Thats what happens right? Well, I think that's a good theme to reinforce in general but I don't think its wrong to every now and then show that someone who took a stupid risk or one that society deems stupid stumbled across something awesome. That happens all the time in real life and, more importantly, people like this guy do change the world for the better all the time through stupid mistakes that lead to cool new things. We have a trope for that, Achievements In Ignorance. I think its worth risking the life of one willing man to test out this kind of a possibility. Just think of how our world would change if many or most of us could be boosted to this level of intelligence. Nootropics is a thing and its something we're going to have to think about as that field gets more advanced. Heck, there are drugs now that offer some benefits, mental energy, alertness, improved memory, focus. Some of this only works for some people and some of it was designed to fight mental deficits in the elderly (for example some drugs that help fight senelity and dementia also positively impact normal functioning brains). And he was the right man beat the system. He was creative and well read even before the drug. Its telling that after even the first time the drug kicks in, he gets an immediate benefit because he remembers stuff he read. With his creativity and above average intelligence, he might find something that a less creative but more rigorously disciplined scientific mind wouldn't. Not to say science doesn't allow for creativity but discipline is so much more important in that field. If he was taking a drug to boost, say, his strength, that would be one thing, but its always bugged me that in stories about people with boosted intelligence that these boosted people couldn't figure out how to solve the problem. It was nice to see it work this way for once.
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