Limitless

2011

Limitless (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro),who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug's brutal side effects grinding him down, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.-- (C) Relativity

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Cast

Bradley Cooper
as Eddie Morra
Robert De Niro
as Carl Van Loon
Anna Friel
as Melissa
Tomas Arana
as Man in Tan Coat
Darren Goldstein
as Kevin Doyle
Ned Eisenberg
as Morris Brandt
T.V. Carpio
as Valerie
Richard Bekins
as Hank Atwood
Patricia Kalember
as Mrs. Atwood
Cindy Katz
as Marla Sutton
Ann Marie Green
as Financial Newscaster
Damali Mason
as Female Cop
Meg McCrossen
as Female Assistant
Tom Bloom
as Dunham
Nina Hodoruk
as Realtor
Tom Teti
as Tailor
Stephanie Humphrey
as TV News Reporter
Joe McCarthy
as Day Trader #1
Peter Pryor
as Day Trader #2
Daniel Breaker
as Campaign Manager
Dave Droxler
as Technician
Lusina Quarleri
as Italian Hostess/Waitress
Luisina Quarleri
as Italian Hostess/Waitress
Piper Brown
as Girl Skater
Simon MacLean
as Father Skater
Saxon Palmer
as Businessman #1
Stephen Sable
as Businessman #2
Damaris Lewis
as Beautiful Black Woman
Martha Ann Talman
as Van Loon's Assistant
Robert Bizik
as Coffee Shop Owner
Hugh Douglas
as Poker Player #1
Howard Strong
as Poker Player #2
Arlette De Alba
as Girl Passenger
Eddie Fernandez
as Gennady Thug
Eddie J. Fernandez
as Gennady Thug
Ray Siegle
as Gennady Blind Thug
Nicholas Le Guern
as Friend at Beach #1
Nicolas La Guern
as Friend at Beach #1
Richard Miller
as Friend at Beach #2
Violeta Silva
as Friend at Beach #3
Anna Parkinson
as Friend at Beach #4
Laurence Roscoe
as Friend at Beach #5
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Critic Reviews for Limitless

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (41)

You could pick the script apart for impossibilities. But why bother? It's much more enjoyable to shut your brain off and have a good time.

Mar 24, 2011 | Full Review…

It's scatty and fast paced, and director Neil Burger employs some Gaspar Noé-style, bad-trip CG effects to heighten the mood.

Mar 23, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Very limited, actually.

Mar 21, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

What would you do if you could take a pill and suddenly access 100 percent of your brain power? This is the premise behind Limitless, a sci-fi thriller that looks as if its makers utilized around 30 percent of theirs.

Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The filmmakers doesn't sweat the fact that Eddie is a chemically enhanced fraud. What scares them is any possibility of alienating the movie's target audience with a downer ending.

Mar 18, 2011 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

Add it all up, including the nifty twist at the end, and what we have here is a fun Hollywood flick with a good head on its shoulders.

Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Limitless

An entertaining movie that you easily forget after seeing and whose curious premise runs out of steam too quickly, but this is compensated at least by a charming and charismatic Bradley Cooper who keeps you interested long after you had stopped caring about the story.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Retooling Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of better living through chemistry ("The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde"), this nothing-but-a-star-vehicle is a cheerful enough time passer despite being an all out hollywood style endorsement and glamorization of drug use (i don't understand how it even got made!) and despite terribly underusing Robert friggen De Niro ("Bobby's on the set ... let's NOT use him, okay!")!?!?! Some interesting camera effects spice up a piece whose underlying message ("use drugs ... it's cool!") is nonetheless disturbing, if redeemable due to the fact that the work, with little to achieve with its premise other than a pleasant buzzing sensation, is very forgettable.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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 Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

An interesting concept about a guy taking a drug that enables him to use 100% of his brain at all times. Nice idea which isn't really brought across fully in my opinion as the film just seems to lack a kick. The story seems to wander across a few sub plots which don't really get explained too well and I found myself asking how did that happen? when did that happen? where did he get that? and why did he do that? Too many little moments like that happen throughout. Of course the whole idea about humans not using 100% of their brains is complete nonsense. Over the course of a day we apparently use virtually all of our brain power, not all at once of course but spread out, as one section fires up another cools down like any machine. So this fantasy is just that...a nice fantasy but a cool one. Yes the whole plot is quite neat but made in an unoriginal way. The guy starts off as a nobody but after taking the drug he is able to cheat life and get lots of money, girls, material things and a certain amount of power. Its a basic concept that has been done before, not entirely in this way of course but its a simple rags to riches tale really, very predictable. The acting from the main cast is stellar as you would expect which in turn really makes you believe what's going down, its definitely a thrilling ride. As the film progresses it does get quite tense as Cooper runs out of drugs, he has the mob after him for more whilst De Niro wants his big money deal sorted. It does get your palms sweaty for sure, you feel the tension. There is some interesting camera work showing the effect of the drug, from a virtually dull black and white existence before to an almost bluray sharp pixel perfect colour burst once the drug is taken. A glorious visual feast that gives you an explosive sense of being high or alive for the first time. You can feel the characters sense of invigoration and liberation upon taking the drug, when it hits. What I didn't like was as the film progresses the people that take the drug go from being sort of super intelligent to also being a little super human too. When the effects start to weaken or they need the drug in a dangerous situation they just pop a pill and bingo! they're kinda super human again. They seem to be able to fight, run, leap, practically anything really which kinda spoils to idea, it goes overboard a bit. The ending spoils the film too as Morra (Cooper) ingests the drug in a rather stupid and unrealistic way by lapping infected blood up off the floor from a recently dispatched baddie. That really seems like a rather dodgy thing to do surely, you could pick up anything young man! Plus there are more odd questionable moments along the way with a weak finale that again leaves you thinking wut?! What does spring to mind is if this drug is so good and controllable, why doesn't everyone, mainly Van Loon (De Niro) just take the drugs themselves instead of relying on Morra for results. Too many questions for me.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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