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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jet Lagged on 21 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"I don't have delusions of grandeur. I have an actual recipe for grandeur."

So says Eddie Morra in this thought provoking thriller, based on the Alan Glynn novel "The Dark Fields".

It is said that we barely use 10% of our brain. (Some say the figure is probably nearer to the 1% mark. But who the heck really knows?)

What if we could take a pill, a mental Viagra, to access the remaining 90% at will? That's the premise of this film.

Eddie Morra, played by Bradley Cooper, begins to discover the possibilities after he has his first experience with NZT, a new experimental but unregulated drug. He writes his first novel in a few days ("Illuminating the Dark Fields", appropriately enough). He learns to play the piano in just three days. He becomes fluent in several languages. And he decides to make pots of money.

Pretty soon his growing reputation attracts the attention of big financier Carl Van Loon, played by Robert de Niro.

But other forces are at work who also want a slice of the action. In addition, Eddie has to work out what to do to counteract the side affects of the drug. And, like all drug addicts, he needs a constant supply coming on tap. Eddie also discovers, following 18 hours of missing time, that his new drug of choice does not mix well with alcohol.

One inconsistency in the movie is when Eddie forgets to pay off his loan shark the $100,000 he owes. Duh! The pill for the day must have been a placebo. (You would think the screenplay would come up with a more elegant way of introducing the Russian Mafia into the equation).

Could such a drug be available for mankind in the future? What would the implications be? Would the Beatles have made the Sergeant Pepper album without LSD? Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?

As a thriller I would rate this a 4 star. I've upped it to 5 stars for the interesting sci-fi theme that the film deals with.
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11 of 12 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This for me is a ''must -see' movie.
The tale is about 'Eddie Morra'(Bradley Cooper) who leads a pretty mundane life, he write's, however this has not brought about any success...........his life is going nowhere.....until --his ex-brother-in-law hands him an untested tablet 'NZI' after a chance meeting.
The tablet suddenly gives 'Eddie' a level of clarity-of-mind and a wide memory range.
'Eddie'' wants more.............his sudden found knowledge and sharp reactions attract the attention of 'high-flyer's' in the business world including 'Carl Van Loon' (Robert De Niro) along many that will stop at nothing to obtain the 'tablet'
'Eddie's' abilities with the tablet are truly ''limitless' giving him the opportunity to earn an unlimited fortune, however he needs a constant supply from the designer of the drug.
Certainly worth a spin.
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