Limitless: Movie Review

Fortunately this time the movie is new, or at least not as old as my past reviews.

The movie is Limitless directed by Neil Burger and starred by Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. I wanted to watch the movie because Robert De Niro is in it. I didn’t know that he is not the protagonist until the movie rolls.

Robert De Niro is known to be a great actor in his past movies: The Godfather II, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Good Fellas. He is a classic. A lifetime award achiever. But in this movie he’s a little bit way past his prime. Perhaps because there is no such thing as “limitless” in age. It’s not that he’s not good anymore but it’s because he’s not supposed to be there in the first place. He is welcome there, but only because De Niro is a good marketing tool.

Limitless is a story about an unsuccessful writer named Eddie Morra ( Bradley Copper) who is dumped by his girlfriend (Abbie Cornish) for being a loser, but changed all that when he takes a magic pill called NZT, a drug enhancer that lets you work 100% of your brain. Works better if the consumer is already smart, works badly if you’re not. Eddie has a four digit IQ, and when he takes the pill, it makes him more like a plausible super hero of a modern day.

The thrill of the story begins when a former brother-in-law gives him this NZT pill, which he refuses at first. But when he brings and takes one in the busy streets of New York, he comes looking for his ex bro for more the next day. When he arrives his house, the unexpected takes place. He sees him with bruises and blues on his face and eventually murdered; Lucky Eddie, he finds the bulk of pills and brings it home.

The effects of the pill make his memory sharper, lets him win a poker game and fist fights; it gives him skills for empathy and can find solutions to every problem in a snap of a finger. He is invincible. He magnetizes gorgeous women–even his girlfriend who dumped him; he becomes more than being a brilliant writer but a stock investor and a Wall Street superman. In short, the drug makes him rich and famous.

However, the drug is dangerous when you run out. Bradley experiences side effects because the regimen is not continued: vomiting, nausea, exhaustion, paranoia, and homicidal thoughts.

The trouble with the movie is that instead it discourages the use of the drug, it actually promotes it. The effects of what has seen in Melissa, Eddies’ ex wife, and the side effects Eddie’s has been experiencing, don’t conclude that drug abuse is always a bad idea. Also, Robert De Niro as Carl Van Loon is an unexpecting character to be tolerating a drug as such.

Another flaw is the sub-plot where Eddie murdered a woman in a hotel room after having sex. That part is totally lost and gone in the movie.

Nonetheless, it is an entertaining movie. Bradley Cooper shows talent and energy to combine the two characters of Eddie, the sober, and the intoxicated Eddie. Abbie Cornish is ideal for the role, of what a beautiful, ideal girlfriend should be for her man.

The movie doesn’t make you bore, the excitement is going to lead you to greater heights of your brain function.


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