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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise
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...
Published 16 months ago by N. Lang

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Decent enough entertaining up to a point ,held together by Bradley Coopers decent performance one or two twists in the storyline not bad if bought cheap
Published 2 months ago by Happy chap


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise, 12 Mar 2013
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N. Lang "bluekapow" (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Limitless [DVD] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - highly original, 19 Jun 2014
This review is from: Limitless [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I enjoyed this movie on first viewing and it improves on a second. Highly original, Bradley Cooper is marvellous as a down on his luck writer --- living in New York --- who is persuaded by a relative to try a state of the art new drug which, although untested, to supposed to boost your IQ by an order of magnitude. With his intelligence expanded to super human proportions, Bradley Cooper's character initially has a whale of a time; that's until he attracts the attention of a ruthless Wall Street magnate played with chilling conviction by Robert De Niro. This a great, genre busting film. Highly recommended.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Living End, 20 July 2014
This review is from: Limitless [DVD] (DVD)
Bradley Cooper's character does not evoke much sympathy in the first act of Limitless, but that is probably the point, he's a rather tiresome nobody, suddenly transformed by the wonder drug that he acquires from his brother-in-law (isn't it always the way). Neil Burger crafts a pacey, good looking film from Leslie Dixon's screenplay from Alan Glynn's novel “The Dark Fields” stimulating some interesting questions in the viewer, as the best films do. It's an interesting idea, played out with great style and high energy. Cooper's narration is well handled, managing not to annoy, allowing us to concentrate on the action. There are some dizzying visuals that are highly effective, adding to a feeling of freshness. The main characters are all engaging, with good support from Robert de Niro (not stretched), Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, and the very watchable Anna Friel. There are perhaps a couple of minor gripes - for one thing, there's a feeling of rampant wish fulfilment about some of the sequences which, even in a fantasy film, seems a bit of a stretch. Also, as any writer knows, blank page syndrome in the very literal way it appears here, is utter nonsense. If you are sitting in front of a blank page in the past clichéd way that Cooper's Eddie Morra does here, you are not a writer, but again, maybe that was the point. This film is well worth seeing, meanwhile, I'm off to the pharmacy.
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53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing good fun, 24 May 2011
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Limitless [DVD] (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. It's a weighty issue for this light-hearted film to deal with when all we really want to see is Eddie rule the stock market, solve the worlds problems and get the girl but obviously; it couldn't be that simple. There are numerous plot devices that are all mashed in together in an effort to reinforce the message that drugs are bad [M'kay] but in the end did we really need an incompetent Russian Mafioso and a completely inept private investigator following Eddie the entire film? Probably not, it doesn't add anything to the story, but that's what we've got and that's what makes this a four-star film opposed to a five star.

Extra content: There is a featurette called "A Man Without Limits", an unrated extended cut (it's about 6 minutes longer), the usual "making of" segment and an alternate ending which is definitely worth a watch if you liked the concept.

All in all, Bradley Cooper's most charismatic performance to date, a great story - despite the unnecessary plot threads - but ends up being bogged down by trying to lecture the audience on just how bad drugs are. If you love the film, check out the book it's based on; The Dark Fields by Adam Glynn for the un-abridged non-Hollywood version of the tale. Recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, 14 Mar 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, intellectual thriller, 10 Oct 2011
This review is from: Limitless [DVD] (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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My enjoyment for this film is limitless!, 27 Nov 2011
This review is from: Limitless [DVD] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Bradley, you'll love it, 7 July 2014
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Much more to the movie than the expectation. If you like Bradley, you'll love it!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Popcorn movie fayre, from intriguing premise, 3 Jun 2012
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Bradley Cooper makes a decent fist of his role here, as the down and out writer struggling to find inspiration and motivation, who is introduced to a new pill.. this wonder pill allows the brain to access not just the 20% we use, but the whole brain - making him smarter, able to access every memory, and his abilities seem.. well, limitless. Alas, this performance comes with a price. The drug is not strictly legal, and he is not the only one who wants it.
It's a good hook, and broadly speaking the movie does a decent job of wringing a thriller out of it, and on the way makes some commentary on addiction - whether it is to drugs or to power or to consumerism - though unfortunately loses a lot of the bite as it progresses to an increasingly predictable thriller denouement. Effects and editing are cleverly (if rather flashily) used to emphasise the heightened awareness, creating an oddly hallucinogenic mood as he transitions from down and out to super perceptive charmer and wheeler dealer. In a supporting role Abbie Cornish does fine, and Robert de Niro shows up and says his lines in a throwaway role which seems almost perfunctorily added on. Presumably he does just enough to get on the front cover to help sales, but it helps neither his career, or the film.
It's pretty exciting and relatively action packed, but with not too much violence. All in all, any looming ridiculousness is staved off by a pace which doesn't allow you to think too much. A shame perhaps, as with braver hands this might have been more of an interesting commentary rather than a thriller.. but it still works. The directors name is Neil Burger.. perhaps if you consider the movie as cinematic fast food, it's a success. It never felt like it had been put together by a masterchef, but it satisfied me at the time, reliably entertained me, even if I didn't remember much about it the next day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Limitless [Blu-ray], 3 Oct 2011
This review is from: Limitless [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Enjoyed this movie. I like the idea of using a bigger part of your brain.

A good product with a nice price delivered quickly.
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