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A paranoia-fuelled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Starring:
Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Robert John Burke, Tomas Arana, Patricia Kalember, T.V. Carpio
Director Neil Burger
Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 1 August 2011
Main languages English
Original title Dark Fields, The
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Robert John Burke, Tomas Arana, Patricia Kalember, T.V. Carpio
Director Neil Burger
Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 1 August 2011
Main languages English
Original title Dark Fields, The

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8 of 9 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Lang on 12 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
From the trailers I had seen, this didn't really look to be a great film, but after watching it I was rather impressed. Finally in a main role that has some bite, Cooper plays his role flawlessly.

The underlying theme is clever, making the viewer ask themselves some moral questions - what would you do given the chance?

Shot in a thoughtful and impactful way throughout, the director uses a miriad of colours and subtle effects to bring you into the different, clearer world in which our protagonist finds himself.

The ending was good, not the obvious choice, which makes the film better. De Niro's role wasn't quite fleshed out enough to have the impact intended, but overall a very enjoyable film, kudos.
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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2011
Format: DVD
Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) plays Edward "Eddie" Morra an unkempt writer-come-loser who has recently been dumped by his long-term girlfriend (Abbie Cornish) for a complete lack of drive. When he bumps into his drug-dealing ex-brother-in-law, he is given an experimental new drug called NZT. The pitch is; it allows you to "access 100% of your brain", whilst there is no high or intoxication, NZT brings clarity like no other nootropic before. Everything you have learnt, seen, read, overheard or even just glimpsed becomes neatly ordered and integrated into your thoughts. Naturally, this turns Eddie into a super-motivated genius with the solution for anything. However when Eddie's dealer turns up dead and strange men start following him in the street, his meteoric rise to stardom - fuelled by NZT - starts to look like it might run out of steam all too soon. Will Eddie climb high enough before the drug runs out? Or will the shadier elements of the experimental pharmacological world catch up with him first?

Limitless is a great film with snappy direction (credit to Neil Burger) shot in such a way that the stylised scenes allow us to experience Eddie's high. The concept is supported by a great cast (Robert De Niro, the beautiful Anna Friel and Abbie Cornish) and some great scenes (The party where Eddie is literally everywhere at once and holding about thirty simultaneous conversations stands out). Of course this is Hollywood, so the morals of taking a drug to better yourself is countered by the negatives of addiction, withdrawal and inevitably, death.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justified Text on 14 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
Enjoyed every single minute of this film. Bradley Cooper is great (love that he seems to have no vanity and never takes himself too seriously). The film is fast moving, action packed and full of twists and turns.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ChasTheManWhoWritesReviewsOnAmazonAboutThings on 27 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
Fast flowing, action from the opening scene instantly draws you to enjoy this wonderfully written Bradley Cooper film.I was very pleased to sit through this fantastic film, even if i had to sit on the edge of my seat!

The movies dynamic elements i thoroughly enjoyed, such as the great use of flashbacks, action-packed scenes and the enticing mysterious moments where it really makes you wonder, what is going to happen next? Well of course, its more enjoyment...

The idea of the movie is the creation of a new drug that allows the main character, Eddie (Bradley Cooper) to access 100% of his potential brain capacity. This allows him, and several other characters to work is the most efficient of ways and achieve wonderful things;However there were consequences...

I was intrigued from the very beginning of the opening titles and still anticipating more at the very end. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a fun, fascinating and overall fantastic film.

My time for this film is Limitless...
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