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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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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


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

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Audience Reviews for Limitless

  • 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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