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What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?
A paranoia-fuelled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.
I went to see Limitless at the theatre back in 2011 and I knew that it was going to pass on tv so I decided to watch it again. I pretty much remembered everything but there were a few elements that I didn't recall well. I have to say that like in the first watch I had a great time!
The concept is very cool, a pill that allow your brain to work in a super scale. You become a super intelligent person, it's like you have mental powers and you are capable of doing anything, your abilities are limitless.
The camera work and some of the effects are great and perfectly suits the surreal atmosphere of this film about…
There's little I love more than high concept sci-fi, so when someone reminded me that I never got around to seeing this I was all kinds of excited. I mean, the idea of accessing the supposedly inaccessible portion of the brain is a bunch of hooey, but that wasn't going to stop me from enjoying some cinematic mind games. And there are definitely parts of it that work rather well—like the scene where the side effects of the drug catch up to Mr. Cooper all at once—but ultimately the movie doesn't really take the idea far enough to be interesting.
The drug basically makes Cooper into a charming encyclopedia. And what does he use his powers to do? Acquire money,…
An exciting, fast-paced and entertaining thriller. It's filmed with great talent, not quite Scorsesian, but still using sweeping cameras and merging one shot right into another. Bradley Cooper makes a freaking awesome lead, and the soundtrack to the film fits it, but doesn't entirely attract as a 4.5 soundtrack would.
Of course, Limitless has got some plot holes. I don't know exactly what they are, but I've read about them, and just by the way the film feels it is a tad hollow, and you can just tell there has got to be a hole somewhere here. I suppose the reason the film feels hollow is because there is so little character development.
Despite this, Limitless makes for a very enjoyable thriller with great cinematography and some stupendous acting.
The focus on style and concept seemed to suppress any sort of character or interesting story that could have been farmed here. It all just ended up being so silly; my reaction once the credits rolled? A shrug of the shoulders. That about sums it up.
Limitless was a good popcorn movie. I suppose it could have been more than that given its high concept idea. Accessing the full power of the brain is an interesting sci-fi starting point that could have been developed in a variety of ways, but the filmmakers choose to make a film about drugs. Access to the brain's full power is through a pill so much of the film is about all that entails: obtaining the drug, the high one gets while on it and the physical consequences of being without it.
As with any drug movie it is always difficult to simulate the effects of the drug from the first person perspective. There is only so much one can do…
I live this movie every day. After I down my morning dose of coffee everything seems possible. Others catch on to my secret and steal my coffee from me, leaving me with an empty pot and a crippling headache. So, I do anything to get more. Because I know If I don't keep getting my fix.........I'll die. So yeah, I liked this movie. I think we can all understand it on the most basic of levels. It has great appeal.
As far as films go these days, you would have to hand this one an "above average" grade, simply for stimulating thought about the exploration of one's own potential. Bradley Cooper gives a smart performance in his first real lead role, with Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro good in their supporting roles. He’s a guy who stumbles across a drug that gives him "limitless" potential, and he takes it, and it's a nice ride to see the results.
The narration and pacing is very reminiscent of Norton’s scenes in FIGHT CLUB, which can only be a good thing, and does a lot to keep the viewer from diverting his attention in a story that when really broken down, cannot go many new places. There is a nice amount of thrills, a slice of action here and there, but it's mainly the pacing that makes the film enjoyable, and its interesting premise.
Bradley Cooper's flow tho
A vibrant thriller that benefits from Bradley Cooper's charismatic lead performance as the down-on-his-luck man who is given a drug, allowing him to utilise 100% of his brain power (similarly to this year's film Lucy). The film is visually dynamic, not least when the drugs kick in and the possibilities of such a drug are explored, such as the different responses to it, from rejection to extreme addiction leading to violent consequences. Ultimately, the film is one of those that is enjoyable when watching it but not one that particularly stays with you once it is finished.
I've watched this without any expectations, I only knew that it talked about a writer and a pill that turned his brain to a limitless thinking machine. I was surprised of how good the movie was and how everything led to the final dialogue with Robert DeNiro's character. DeNiro did a good job with his character but the real star in this film was Bradley Cooper, showing us that having the power to do everything possible in this world isn't good enough if you don't have the motivation to do it.
I just never got around to seeing this..
Bradley Cooper really delivers in this film.
I'd take NZT any day.
Can't wait to see Bradley Cooper do ELEPHANT MAN December 30th.
Better than expected. Good all the way through.
I lost any hopes I had for the seriousness of this film less than 5 minutes after it began, when Cooper announced having 4 digit IQ. Once you stop expecting something else than Holywood action movie with the 2-digit IQ and a suit, you can get a laugh or two out of it.
Yes, it isn't a very realistic concept.
Get over that. At the end of the day, not every movie has to be realistic. Suspend your disbelief and watch this film, see how the story plays out then when you aren't criticizing the logic behing the pill. That's how I watch it, and that's why I absolutely love it.
Entertaining but thoroughly unbelievable and unfocused.
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