Limitless 2011

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An unsuccessful writer's life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to become a perfect version of himself.

Starring:
Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction
Director Neil Burger
Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro
Studio Relativity Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Limitless is a film with some grand ideas - so grand that at times it struggles to encapsulate them. Much has been made of the film's stance on drugs but I actually think this is incidental to the story rather than at its core: Bradley Cooper's character takes addictive pills, therefore he will inevitably exhibit signs of drug addiction, that's it.

For me this film has two main themes:

Firstly - what the difference is between successful people and otherwise unsuccessful people. Might this be explained by some sort of conspiracy theory (one possibly involving a secret wonder drug?) It's a fanciful idea maybe, but it is a question worth exploring, one which many of those on the lower rungs will have pondered in some way at some time in their lives.

Secondly - and even more interestingly, the film highlights the fact that even without pills EVERYONE is (mainly because of the internet - though that is not a theme here) becoming omniscient which poses questions about what could this mean for the near future.

I think it's true to say that there are holes in the plot of "Limitless" and/or aspects which could have been better, but the grandness of the concept raises big questions that a film can't possibly answer. Some have criticised the film's weak ending - I think the ending is in fact ambiguous and not necessarily meant to be taken literally - similar in a way e.g. to the ending of The King of Comedy [DVD] [1982]

Overall Limitless's success comes down to the fact that its makers were able to convey such big ideas in a watchable way and, do so with such visual flare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
This is well a directed and slickly edited film about addiction and dependency, decisions and consequences. A vivid and garish adventure into an unforgiving world. A dark humour pervades the film resulting in an enjoyable odyssey.

Bradley Cooper is impressive as Eddie Morra, a despondent failure. A chance encounter and a pill changes everything. He is presented with an opportunity to change his life and does so with alacrity. When the inevitable consequences of his drug dependency occur he needs to act quickly in order to survive. The film ends with an optimism not discernible in the previous 100 minutes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 8 July 2013
Format: DVD
I was taken in by the opening credits as an outline of a brain turns into a city. I am a big sucker for that microcosm/ macrocosm stuff.

Edward has writer's block. He has a book contract for some reason, yet hasn't written a word. His girlfriend, who was his meal ticket leaves him. Bummed out he decides to go live on a bunk bed at Dad's place in New Jersey, but then bumps into his ex-brother-in-law, who is a drug dealer. He offers Edward a pill that increases a person's use of their brain. They can recall everything they have seen or read and can correlate it to increase intelligence. The smarter a person is to begin with, the more data they have to work with. Edward is a smart guy to begin with, so he is able to start his book. The downside is that the pill wears off. Not only does one lose the abilities, but they get a little ADD, and throw up like a heroin addict. Too much of the pill causes a Mr. Hyde type of character including blackouts. Edward's supplier is murdered and Edward finds his stash of pills and a wad of cash.

Edward uses his ability to make money on Wall Street. He catches the attention of big time corporations as well as the Russian mafia. He quickly finds out people who take the smart pill eventually die from either taking too much or running out. Edward must try to balance his life.

I loved the concept. I loved how they did the drug effect with simple but effective camera tricks. Anyone who has come down off of cocaine, LSD, or heroin knows how Edward feels and he portrays a man coming off drugs very well.

I even liked the ending, although the last few minutes should have been stretched out.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CrazyStreak on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
The concept behind the film, being of a pill which can allow the user to make use of the full power of the brain, and the fact Robert De Niro is cast, makes this a must watch film in itself.

But what of it? A cleverly written script flows along without ever confusing the viewer, and the explanations as to how the pill works is kept to a minimum, to allow the scenarios to take place and ensure the plot isn't interrupted by needless medical jargon.

There are a couple of plotholes which occur, but that aside, the film is a worthwhile watch with many twists and turns, some of which happen in such a short period of time and really grab your attention. Although Robert De Niros role is 'limited', his very presence is suited to the overall casting and premise of the film.

The only real downside is the editing. Films are usually edited to ensure they fit into the 90 minute timeframe, and although the scenes in the first 80 minutes seemed to gel and had you transfixed throughout, the latter part felt rushed to achieve its conclusion. If only the cinema goers attention span was limitless.

Overall a stylish, entertaining, intellectual thriller, where dialogue and plot take centre stage rather than car chases and explosions, but a directors cut, where the film can flow for its duration would be ideal.
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