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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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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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From the original synopsis, I wasn’t really expecting a great deal, but I was pleasantly surprised.
I enjoyed this film quite a lot. The story takes a few twists and turns, and I was always ready to see what happened next.

It’s based on a book called ‘The Dark Fields’, and Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra, plays an excellent part (although the brilliant blue eye contact lenses are occasionally off-putting).

Eddie is an intelligent, but failing writer, who gets an experimental drug from his (soon-to-be-deceased) ex brother in law.
The pills creates an ‘enhanced’ Eddie, and suddenly he knows everything about everything and can achieve anything when taking NZT.
Things go from good to great, but there are some side effects, and this creates difficulties.

Bradley is well chosen for the role of Eddie, and Robert De Niro plays a good part as Carl Van Loon, the manipulating businessman. But I have seen Robert in better roles.

Abbie Cornish as Lindy (Eddie’s ‘girlfriend’) also deserves a mention, because she plays a good part too.
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on 10 October 2011
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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on 1 January 2017
This is a fun and entertaining thrill ride of a movie - exploring what an individual might do to get a leg up, and what's more - how far you might go to keep the good times coming!

Limitless shares a sci-fi trope with another movie (Lucy) in that it pivots around the idea of unlocking greater mental acuity/Intelligence/potential out of the human brain via a miracle drug. But Limitless, rather than exploring possible benefits to mankind - explores the more greedy and self serving potential of such a tool.

I love this movie - but more for the spin-off show (that lasted just one season - but what a season!) of the same name that follows on a few years after the end of this movie. If you enjoy this movie, and if you can - check out the TV series too. It's bloody brilliant!
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on 12 March 2013
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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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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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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on 7 January 2017
Corny, predictable and for the most part pretty infantile.

There are a couple of nice ideas in there, but they aren't enough to rescue a film with such a clunking script. This film is what would happen if we let 12 year old boys write film pitches. Plot holes abound and all loose ends are neatly swooshed under the carpet in the final 15 minutes.

It feels like a missed opportunity as this would have been much better had it been played out as sci-fi rather than the Guy Ritchie style lads' romp they went with.

Disappointing.
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on 14 March 2012
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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