Review: 'Limitless' - Our 'Two Jews On Film' Have A Good Ride With This Sci-Fi Thriller!
'Limitless' directed by Neil Burger (Illusionist) and written by Leslie Dixon (Hairspray) is based on the novel 'Dark Fields' a riveting, high-concept thriller written by Alan Glynn.
Both the film and the book asks the question: What would you do if you could take a pill that makes you smarter - as in...beyond genius, smarter?
Well for Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) an unsuccessful writer with major writer's block, whose landlady is about to evict him, that question is a no-brainer. Eddie takes the pill of course. Not just once but over and over and over again. Not only does this top secret pill called NZT enhance his writing abilites, it makes him a perfect version of himself. Top bad Eddie's enhanced abilities attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life.
Guess you can't have everything. At least Eddie is becoming an over night success. Not only does he finish his book in several days, but he also takes Wall street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions.
His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (Robert DeNiro) who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. This winds up putting Eddie's life in jeopardy but that's the least of his problems. NZT has brutal side effects and it's starting to take their toll. But if Eddie stops taking the drug, it could lead to his death...And Eddie's supply is starting to run out.
To make matters worse, Eddie has to deal with a vicious Russian gangster (Andrew Howard), an intense police investigation, a mysterious stalker who wants to kill him, all the while trying to win back his girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish) But at least the guy can speak over a hundred languages and play the piano better than Chopin.
'Limitless' is great ride, full of suspense, humor, action, thrills and killer stylish visuals. The camera movement, the compostion, the design of the film makes you feel like you're right inside Eddie's mind. It's a trip I really enjoyed taking. Even the other half of 'Two Jews On Film' liked 'Limitless'...sort of. This film opens in theaters Friday March 18, 2011.