A super pill that enables you to access 100% of your brain rather than the mere 20% we are gifted with. The possibilities are endless as well as the side effects,as we all know too much of anything is never good for us.
Enter Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a would be author who has managed to secure a book deal only to find he can’t motivate himself to write even the first page. Having been dumped by his long term girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish), he finds himself walking around the streets of Manhattan looking like a homeless man.
Eddie bumps into his ex brother-in-law Vernon who offers him the NZT pill as a way to turn his life around. Of course Eddie refuses at first but but realises he has nothing to lose..and down his windpipe the NZT goes. After one euphoric and spectacularly productive day, Eddie seeks out Vernon for more. When disastrous events allow him to have the whole of Vernon’s stash he uses the drug to transform his life. Suddenly this homeless looking, struggling author finds himself in a world where wearing custom made suits, driving fast cars, sleeping with beautiful women and learning how to trade in the stock market means he can be rolling with some of the worlds most powerful men. Eddie becomes, in essence, the smartest man in the world…(pill permitting)
Quickly the euphoria intertwined with bliss is thrown into chaos as complications and competition arise from various parties who also want the drug. The side effects of the drug itself begin to surface and offers terrible consequences for frequent usage and swift withdrawal, as his ex wife of a day (Anna Friel) informs him. Through his super charged brain and stock market predictions he gains the interest of ultra-rich corporate baron Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) and also hires his own scientist to make replicas.
During the film we learn about other NZT users, including another stock broker who started exactly like him and we wonder if Eddie will share the same fate…
Poor Ana Friel, her character was pretty much pointless, and I would have been happy listening to her voice on the phone in various scenes than her popping up on my screen. Abbie Cornish isn’t much better, but it wouldn’t be a film without the goody two shoes girlfriend would it?!
Through the endless vortexes, the play between space and time, the film is edited to look like it’s been sharply made… well it isn’t in my opinion. It’s not a deep film, but it does provide a form of escapism and that’s what the plot is all about. A very well done to Bradley Cooper for coming out of his shell and showing us that he is able to carry a movie without the rest of his Hangover rat pack. Also Cooper managed to not let his presence be dwarfed by that of De Niro, who played second fiddle to our clear pill popping friend.
Limitless is out on DVD and blu-ray 1st August 2011.
Director: Neil Burger
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, Andrew Howard
Runtime: 104 mins