Struggling writer Eddie seems headed for nowhere when he stumbles upon an amazing drug that gives him exceptional mental clarity. Soon his life changes direction but Eddie soon learns the drug has deadly side effects that even the drug may not help him foresee.
Bradley Cooper (Eddie), Robert De Niro (Carl), Abbie Cornish (Lindy), Andrew Howard (Gennady), Anna Friel (Melissa), Johnny Whitworth (Vernon), Robert Burke (Pierce), Darren Goldstein (Doyle), Ned Eisenberg (Morris).
Limitless begins at the end then back-tracks to character history. At first the film looks a bit drab and lifeless but slowly builds energy to a perfect pace. The plot is very interesting, making us both hate and love the drug Eddie finds. The story also does a nice job of presenting drug addiction without being ridiculously over-dramatic. A nice ending wraps this one up well, tying together some loose ends along with a nice twist that some of us only hoped to actually see.
Acting was good with Cooper doing well in his role, moving easily from strung out druggie to high-functioning. De Niro played a good bad guy as usual though he is losing a bit of impact with age. Cornish and Howard rounded out the main cast nicely and supported Cooper well. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid throughout.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with a good, solid feel. CGI was minimal and fairly well done without being overdone. Dialogue was good and moved the story along well. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall Limitless is a well done psychological thriller with solid technical work and nice depth to the story. Genre fans will enjoy this the most with drama fans possibly finding some pleasure as well.
With plenty of drug use, violence, sexuality, and foul language this one surprisingly should be fine for teens and above.
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Limitless is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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