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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…
You know how I knew of Neil Burger before I watched this?
From that poster for Divergent where they made sure that Shailene Woodley's tight-betrousered arse was prominently sat right in the middle of the poster, right next to whoever the bloke is in it. Not because his name is notable on the poster. The only thing notable on that poster is Shailene Woodley's arse. No.
Because I thought, "Well that film looks like something I would rather not watch even if I wanted to have an evening of hating myself, but I suppose I'd better find out whose arse that is seeing as though they've gone to such trouble to show…
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,…
Well, the sci-fi fashion now seems to consist in hypothesizing on what would happen if we had full access to the entire potential of our brain and utilize it in our asphyxiating modern society. Hilarious and generic answers like Limitless and Lucy come out, and if they keep trying, they will bring mutants, governmental conspiracies and horror-themed plots with super-powered psychos (wait...). In the best of cases, we could get a good mindfuck film, but that kind of talent is much less recurrent.
Neil Burger has always been a boring director, and Limitless was an inch away from being another one since the very opening which displays a notoriously horrid-looking, “endless” digitalized close-up which rapes your eyes (in the negative…
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.
Thanks to a great lead performance from Bradley Cooper, stylish direction from Neil Burger and a fast pace, Limitless is a fun, energetic, and entertaining thriller.
The really interesting part is when he says: "I wonder how many people have made it to the top on NZT?"
I love the way this movie ends. It doesn't Hollywoodize it by making it into a film about greed or addiction, it's a bit more realistic and as such, a much more satisfying conclusion.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Só de ter Robert de Niro no elenco, o filme te faz dar o play. Gosto muito desse tipo de ficção, que explora o potencial do cérebro humano, ilustrando isso na prática. É uma forma gostosa de entender o "e se..." de algo que ainda há muito o que se explorar cientificamente.
O roteiro é rápido, inteligente e te mantém atento ao filme o tempo todo. A primeira sacada visual do filme, foi a mudança no contraste e saturação das cores entre o antes e o depois de Eddie (Bradley Cooper) tomar a pílula.
A trilha sonora é top! Black Keys, com "Howlin' For You".
O diretor é Neil Burger, que também dirigiu "The Illusionis" (2006), "The Lucky Ones" (2008) e "Divergent" (o primeiro, em 2014).
Grande premissa, boa história, uma câmera incrivelmente perturbadora quanto a ideia que esta sendo transmitida. Faltou apenas um resolução melhor, acho que valia a pena correr um risco para um desfecho melhor da história.
Soso, das ist also die andere Hälfte von Lucy...
Bradley Cooper takes a magic pill that not only makes him remember all the Kung Fu movies he's ever seen (and thus becomes the greatest street fighter ever), it also makes him even more Bradley Cooper, and despite being an obnoxious know-it-all it somehow gets him laid. I have personal experiences of being an obnoxious know-it-all and the amount of game that scores is equal to or approaching nil.
The awesome magic pill, while supposedly making Bradley all sorts of smart, still leaves him laughably stupid at times. It's a.... side effect?
Where everyone else would've perhaps gone with a blase and traditional "drugs are bad"-message, here we instead learn that "drugs can help you be awesome, get money and women, as long as you learn how to control the habit, man".
+ It's better than Lucy.
- How exciting is a company merger? Not exciting at all, apparently.
Lembrei de Lucy, mas enquanto Lucy vai por um caminho um tanto mais pseudo-filosófico esse aqui escolhe a praticidade. Suspeito que por isso ele funcione melhor, soa mais como algo que poderia acontecer, o que o torna mais fácil de se conectar. E ao mesmo tempo como ele não tenta discutir demais nas implicações filosóficas do aumento da capacidade cerebral acaba sendo uma experiência divertida.
De Niro brings gravitas here in the same way that he did in Red Lights, briefly and only really for one scene. In both cases he showed that he can still portray intelligence and menace combined like few others can. It makes me wonder why he so rarely takes leading roles of late, sharing the spotlight with various young bucks unlikely to replicate his longevity.
The initial premise was fine and it did capitalise well on it in some areas, but there was still a pedestrian feel to it's execution and most of the performances.
It also contains an absolutely ridiculous scene in a park that may have played well on paper but was staggeringly badly staged.
Based on Alan Glynn's novel, "The Dark Fields" - this $27-million thriller from director Neil Burger was released in March of 2011, and eventually made over $160 million at the box office. The 105-minute movie's opening credits sequence features a really inventive sustained dolly-zoom type-shot that is positively mesmerizing.
Bradley Cooper stars as a struggling New York City writer who comes into possession of a powerful clear pill that allows him full access to his brain, resulting in hyper-awareness, quick thinking, and substantially improved cognitive abilities. In short, it's brain-Viagra; transforming him into a superhuman genius able to concur every obstacle, from evading violent bad-guys to making millions overnight in the stock market. Cooper is a joy to…
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