Limitless 2011

Limitless

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Although its script is uneven, Neil Burger directs Limitless with plenty of visual panache, and Bradley Cooper makes for a charismatic star.

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Facing unemployment and his girlfriend's rejection, writer Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is sure that he has no future. That all changes when an old friend gives him a drug that produces enhanced mental acuity. Stoked on the untested chemical, Eddie rises to the top of the financial world and attracts the attention of a tycoon (Robert De Niro) who intends to use him to make a fortune. But terrible side-effects and a dwindling supply threaten to collapse Eddie's house of cards.

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Robert De Niro
Carl Van Loon
Tomas Arana
Man in Tan Coat
Darren Goldstein
Kevin Doyle
Ned Eisenberg
Morris Brandt
Leslie Dixon
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Tucker Tooley
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Bradley Cooper
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Jo Willems
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Diane Lederman
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Critic Reviews for Limitless

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (140) | Rotten (62)

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  • Jul 29, 2015
    Yeah so, kinda fun. A man takes an experimental pill that enhances his natural abilities and makes him super efficient - at cleaning his apartment, at writing the next great American novel, at remembering pointless trivia to impress saucy co-eds, and at day trading with ferocious international businessmen. Naturally. The pacing is hip and bracing, and the introduction of the side effects with Anna Friel's made-under performance is piteous and daunting. The end (or beginning, depending on how you look at it) is, of course, rather absurd with the vampirism thing and Eddie not having to face the "Flowers for Algernon" consequences of attempting to rise above his station. His meteoric climb to the top makes good use of Bradley Cooper's natural fast-talking cockiness, but even I'm a little over that trick.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2014
    For what's basically an "airport novel" story line without any surprising twists, there's enough action to keep the audience interested. Decent action and professionally made, earning this film a rating just slightly above average. It's worth the time if you're just looking for diversionary entertainment.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2014
    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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Gynn, the film is about desperate, depressed and dumped amateur writer Eddie Morra (Eddie Spinola in the book) who is played by Bradley Cooper (above). I think Bradley Cooper is fantastic, and his presence even managed to convince me to watch American Comedy (which as a general rule I disdain); The Hangover. Eddie is given a drug by his ex-wife's brother (so naturally they're great friends =|). He tells Eddie that the drug is FDA approved, and that it will help him access the full potential of his mind, but that's really all the info he gets, then naturally, Eddie decides to take the strange clear pill. So, as you can see, there's already already a couple of dodgy odds and ends, (although I was glad to hear that the drug was in actual fact not legal, and the dealer was just lying, made the fact that not every single person on the planet was using it more viable). But that's just the first couple of minutes, and afterwards it doesn't really have that much more getting in the way of its suspension of disbelief. But enough about the story, you can go anywhere and read what the movie is about, a blurb on the back of your DVD is no more or less likely to give you a quick plausibly true account of what happens in a movie than some reviewer on the web, there's already plenty of those going around. I much prefer to tell my readers what the movie IS. Why am I qualified to do this? I'm not, I just want to. To put it simply, it's not a deep movie. It makes you think, sure, but the plot holes and poorly written characters are not terribly entrancing. Thankfully, the actors pick up the slack, and basically everybody was worth watching in the latter half of the film. Not to mention the fact that the cinematography was incredible! Find the DoP from this film and put him in charge of like, everything, ever. Too be far I'm sure a lot of it was Neil Burger's doing too. Honestly, forget everything, even if you hate action, drugs, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro (who's a very minor goodguy-come-badguy, don't believe the trailer), The Dark Fields, techno-thriller and movies in general, I cannot recommend this film enough, simply for the art direction. Much of how I rate this film will be attributed solely to that. Although, it is important to note that I watched Limitless in a theatre, whereas I'm usually a DVD guy, and films are always more impressive on the Silver Screen, so after a second watch, I may or may not appreciate it less, for now though, my score still stands. As an interesting final note to leave you with, the effects of the drug were remarkably realistic. Anything you'd like to share with us, Mr. Burger? 86% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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