The enhanced-human-brain-that-starts-out-with-positive-results-before-things-turn-bad story is a pretty familiar contemporary scifi narrative, from The Lawnmower Man to Lucy (and often invoking the "we only use 10% of our brains" nonsense, which I was happy to see absent in this case). So yeah, given their Technological Thriller genre, this team made a sound choice I thought in going down this route, and the results, while uneven, were definitely intriguing.
We begin in some kind of research facility, with one colleague entering the office of another. A conversation ensues and we learn a lot about the situation: they are developing an experimental brain enhancement procedure, they need extra funding, and one of them wants to be a guinea pig for the treatment to save both the research and his marriage. So he gets hooked up to wires and flashy lights on a chair, and... it works, apparently. He comes back later with his life turned around, hooray. But, inevitably, he finds he craves additional upgrades, and it gets to a point where things are becoming dangerous, with certain information (e.g. his wife's name) seemingly disappearing - to make way for the new knowledge, perhaps? An allusion to the title, I suppose. His colleague refuses to go any further, so he does it himself, his colleague discovers him prone in the chair, attempts to reset his brain back to Day 0 of the treatment, and then, and then... um, to be honest I'm really not sure what happens then. Something about knocking a glass of water over - did the guy's brain just glitch and freeze from too much data at the end? I have the strong sense there's an interesting twist here, only it hasn't quite been cinematically communicated effectively enough.
Anyway, there's a lot to like in this piece. The conceit of having the control questions was actually a great example of how you can drop exposition in an organic way into a story - for instance, the info about how the two men met, a detail which really helped to give their relationship a sense of realism and dimension. Between this and the wedding anniversary, I really appreciated how the film played with deliberately low, human-level stakes. The use of location was decent, even if the initial office space looked a bit empty-room-hastily-dressed; the lab location had a slightly busier background, so was more successful I thought (even if I'm pretty sure I recognised those flashy light things placed on his head from the $2 Shop...). More importantly, both performances were solid, and I liked how straight and naturalistically they tried to play things, a good fit for the genre and tone they were going for.
Besides the somewhat baffling ending, perhaps the biggest frustration with this film was that, with maybe the exception of a French word dropped casually into conversation, we never actually *see* the effects of the experiment on him. Instead we are just told about how much smarter / better he is becoming. It would have been nice to see the transformed man and his new knowledge / abilities, and in particular see how they inform his actions, and hence the direction of the story.
Still, I really appreciated the ambition of this film. Sure, it fell short a little bit, but a great effort nevertheless.