Limitless - Review

"Limitless" is another one of those movies that caught my attention right before they got released. The trailer gave me a smal impression of what this flick was all about. It was quite interesting but it didn't really blow me away. So with no real expectations, except that it's said to be quite good, i watched this new thriller with bradley cooper.

The plot:
The plot centers around a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination. Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra's (Cooper) rejection by girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) confirms his belief that he has zero future. That all vanishes the day an old friend introduces Eddie to NZT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident than any man alive. Now on an NZT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddie's read, heard or seen is instantly organized and available to him. As the former nobody rises to the top of the financial world, he draws the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who sees this enhanced version of Eddie as the tool to make billions. But brutal side effects jeopardize his meteoric ascent. With a dwindling stash and hit men who will eliminate him to get the NZT...

The plot itself is very interesting and probably the movie's biggest strength. Though NZT very likely seems to be a fictional drug, the idea of such a drug and the addiction to it is clever and kind of fascinating. Especially the parts in which NZT is used to get out of dangerous situations are easily the highlights of the entire movie. The viewer himself keeps guessing how the character might get out of this situation and often ends up being surprised.
Generally "Limitless" is nothing else than another anti-drug movie disguised as a thriller. Except that the timeless message "don't take drugs" gets kind of lost after you watched the entire movie with its ending, but well, maybe education just wasn't one of director Neil Burger's intentions.

The acting:
Of course Bradley Cooper as the main protagonist steals the show with his acting. "Limitless" is probably the first movie in which he really shows his acting skills. Unfortunately his performance is massively held back by the script. His character Eddie is supposed to be THE character that the audience has to sympathize with. Despite Bradley Cooper's great acting, the character Eddie stays kind of shallow. Most of the time he represents a power- and money-hungry drug addict who throughout the entire experience never really gives the audience enough good-hearted characteristics to win them over (at least that was what i felt). But on the other hand, this character kind of matches up with the flick's ending.
The supporting cast of "Limitless" does okay but none of the actors leaves a memorable impression on the viewer. That's really a pity considering the waste of talent, for example that's the case with Robert De Niro (Why the fuck was he even in this flick? He has almost nothing to act while his role could easily be replaced by any other unknown actor).

All in all, despite the fact that "Limitless" seems to have some problems delivering a specific message and the characters don't really accomplish delivering a good development or sympathy, the movie is well worth a watch. With his performance, Bradley Cooper manages to distance himself from roles like in "The Hangover" and shows for the first time that he is a serious capable actor who might just have scratched the surface of his talent with "Limitless".

Final Verdict: 6 out of 10


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