By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
With Limitless, I went into the cinema with very little information on the movie. Sometimes that works for the best because it allowed me to watch a film I didn’t have preconceived notions about. Limitless is a unique movie, with an above average story.
Limitless is about a writer, Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) who is a slacker in everything in his life from his work to his relationships. By happenstance, Morra runs into the brother, Vernon (Johnny Whitworth) of his ex, who hooks Morra up with a new drug called NZT. Once Morra takes the magical clear pill his outlook on life changes and the audience literally sees the transformation on screen. The drab lighting and atmosphere that plagued the beginning of the film, becomes brighter after he takes the pill.
While it wasn’t as dramatic as “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy steps into a world of color, the effect felt similar and it helped me realize the impact of the pill on Morra. NZT has an amazing effect on Morra, it makes him productive and after the affects wear off, he seeks out Vernon and more of the substance.
After Morra finds Vernon and the “dealer” sends him on errands, Morra returns to find Vernon murdered and the apartment he lived in turned upside down. Morra realizes why the murder happened and he looks and finds a massive stack of the pill.
With his bag of the genie pill, Morra quickly finishes his book and decides to use his newfound mental powers to earn massive amounts of money.
The only problem is, as is the case with drugs, the more he uses, the more he becomes dependent on NZT. Morra even goes through a night where he doesn’t remember much of anything.
As if that wasn’t trouble enough, Morra finds out that past users of the drug have a tendency to end up six feet under.
Morra’s fall into dependency is awesome to watch and Cooper really stretches his legs as an actor. The best part of the movie is where Morra has to drink an unlikely fluid to survive.
Limitless isn’t without its faults though.
The ending seemed a bit rushed and forced and I didn’t feel that Robert De Niro was used correctly. There could have been a lot more done with his character, Carl Van Loon.
For those expecting a typical Bradley Cooper film, you will be disappointed by Limitless. But, if you go in with an open mind, or with little information like me, you will have a hard time not enjoying a unique film.