Limitless is an interesting and thought provoking film, once it was under way all I could think about was wanting to take what Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) was taking. He is our central character and we first meet him at a low point in his life. He is a struggling out of work writer, he has a publishing deal but has a severe case of writers block (I feel ya buddy) and his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) has just dumped him. By chance he runs into his former brother-in-law/dealer Vernon (Johnny Whitworth), and they catch up. Before long Vernon gives Eddie a mysterious pill and being desperate he takes it. Upon taking the unknown pill, Eddie finds out it isn’t what he thinks. It basically allows him to use 100% of his higher functions, he can see things clearly and everything appears limitless. He becomes the man he has always wanted to be, and this of course comes with dire consequences.
It is difficult to know what to expect with a film like Limitless, the trailer was decent as were the cast (including Robert De Niro in a small role), turns out I really liked the film. It was a thriller with a hint of action and drama, the premise really hooked me in and as it all unraveled itself I became even more intrigued. I kept asking myself the ‘what ifs’ of this situation and how I might have handled things if I were in Eddie’s situation. Bradley Cooper is a solid actor, I haven’t ever really seen him deliver a bad performance (even in something as low as The Hangover II) and he seemed to be the perfect fit. He is in most of the scene’s in the film, if another actor who didn’t have his charms had the role it certainly would not have worked. Supporting cast were also rather solid, and it was nice to see De Niro up there for his limited screen time. The film suffered from some plot holes and not enough exposition with a few things, but I almost didn’t notice them as I was so interested in what was taking place. Neil Burger certainly has a way about him with his direction, and I liked it.
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