Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review: Limitless

Grade: B+

Eddie Morra is a writer, but lately, he’s been a little down on his luck; He’s out of work, his girlfriend just left him, he’s behind on his rent and he hasn’t written a word of his book that his publisher is waiting for. One day, he runs into an old acquaintance who tells him that he just might be able to help him out. He has a pill, a new drug, which can open your mind and allow you to access 100% of your brain’s potential. Eddie is skeptical but decides to give it a try. It works wonders, when he’s on the drug he is a new man, he writes half of his book in a matter of hours. Eddie wants more and when he goes back to the guy who gave him the pill, he’s dead. Eddie manages to find a hidden stash of the drug that could last him a very long time. However, he begins to discover that the drug has some side effects and he is also being followed by a mysterious man. The more successful Eddie becomes, the more paranoid he gets and the more he realizes that he is in danger.

I love the concept of Limitless: what if a pill could make you rich and powerful? It is a great concept that is so simple it’s amazing it hasn’t been done before. I personally would absolutely love to be able to take this pill. When he’s on it he cleans up everything well and efficiently, the words for his book just fall out and onto the page with ease, he can pick up a new language simply by listening to people speak it and he becomes insanely good at math and masters the stock market. He can do almost anything he wants while on the drug. The movie is very suspenseful at times and it’s interesting to see the things that Eddie does while on the drug. It is a great movie and is a lot of fun to watch.

Bradley Cooper (The A-Team, The Hangover) plays the lead role of Eddie Morra. I really like Cooper and I’m glad to see him growing as an actor and getting bigger parts. He is really great in this movie, really made the role his own. Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, Bright Star) plays the role of Lindy, Eddie’s girlfriend. She was really good in this movie too, great performance and very enjoyable. Robert De Niro (Stone, Stardust) plays the role of Carl Van Loon, the head of a large corporation who hires Eddie to work for him. He was pretty good in this role, playing a somewhat intimidating role who discovers the secret to Eddie’s success. The movie also features Anna Friel, Andrew Howard, Johnny Whitworth and more.

Limitless is an extremely enjoyable techno-thriller. It has a great story line and a few twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering where the plot is heading. All I know is that after watching this movie, I really wish this drug existed.

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