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Mind-blowing good fun,
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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Initial post: 2 Jun 2011 18:49:53 BDT
Mr. A. R. Snape says:
Great review thanks - although at the tender age of 43, I had to look "m'kay" up. I've seen the film and now i'm going to read the book. I wonder if the socialite blackout issue will be resolved....?
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2011 01:13:04 BDT
Mr. P. J. Sturgeon says:
before you read the book check out a bristol university dementia study which led to them finding we only use half of the brain at a time be it left or right hemisphere towards whatever purpose ,however they then discovered a simple eye exercise which leads to useing %100 of the brain as per the film write up BUT this eye exercise cannot be for no more than say 20 seconds at a time as it can cause severe eye stain at least initially but after plenty of practice of exercising this eye exercise it becomes second nature which i personally use towards the daily crossword etc (and towards inventing my foolproof roulette system which came about shortly after i started the eye exercises etc ) so it does actually stimulate the whole brain so as they say truth is stranger than fiction ?
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2011 18:34:30 BDT
Jonathan Thomas says:
Hey Mr Sturgeon!
That sounds interesting, where can I find/buy this please?
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2013 23:42:23 BDT
Douglas Wood says:
May I echo Jonathan Thomas's request of nearly 2 years ago, which I notice you haven't answered?
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