Exciting and fast-paced, Limitless is full of thrills, but it doesn't always know where it's going. The story follows a writer who takes an experimental drug that increases mental ability, allowing him to become a high-powered business broker, but his success comes at a price and is full of danger. Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Abbie Cornish lead the cast and give fairly strong performances. However, the writing is rather poor; leaving multiple plot holes and substituting storytelling with exposition dumps. There are also some visual tricks to show the drug's effects that just end up being confusing. Still, the film does a pretty good job at presenting an intriguing mystery and at building suspense. Limitless doesn't quite deliver on its promise, but it's entertaining and has some good action.
The Grid is revisited in Tron: Legacy, a thrilling and immersive science fiction adventure. The special effects are amazing, with some incredibly creative designs that are sleek and stylish. And, the soundtrack by Daft Punk is exceptionally well-done; giving an otherworldly and surreal feel to the film. Jeff Bridges pulls double duty (playing both Flynn and Clu), and gives strong performances. Plus, the supporting cast is quite impressive, featuring Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, and Cillian Murphy. However, the plot is weak and doesn't make much sense. Yet, Tron: Legacy makes up for its weaknesses by delivering a visual marvel that's intoxicating.
"Do you believe in the Users?" A film ahead of its time, Tron is an extraordinarily creative and imaginative film. The story follows a computer hacker named Kevin Flynn who's transported into a computer system where he discovers a cyber-world that's being overrun by a tyrannical program called the MCP, who's forcing programs to fight to the death on the Game Grid. The plot is full of fascinating, high-minded computer concepts, and presents them in an innovative way. Additionally, the film combines computer and hand-drawn animation, creating a remarkably unique visual style. Still, the look of the film is very dated, and the plot doesn't really follow through on a lot of the ideas it presents. Tron reaches beyond its grasp, but it still delivers an entertaining and fun adventure.
Incredibly dull and incomprehensible, Under the Skin isn't a film in the traditional sense. Director Jonathan Glazer attempts to use sound and camera angels to tell a story (without the use of a narrative)...and it fails miserably. Scarlett Johansson gives what is possibly the worst performance of her career, and does nothing to enhance this dead, lifeless material. Trying to assign meaning to Under the Skin would be pointless, as it's a failed experimental film that's not worth the time.
A formulaic goofball comedy, Walk of Shame goes for cheap laughs. Elizabeth Banks stars as a news anchor who, after having a one-night stand, ends up stranded in a strange part of town and leaves a wake of chaos and destruction as she tries to make her way back home. The plot couldn't be more cliched if it tried, and all of the characters are stereotypes of one sort or another. Banks gives a decent performance and is fairly charming, but her role isn't a very demanding one. Walk of Shame is a lazy and generic film whose humor is tired and worn out.