Film Review: Limitless

Film Review: Limitless

Limitless RATING:  M DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow RELEASE DATE: March 17Based on the novel by Alan Glyn, Limitless is a ‘What if?’ story about a designer drug that is capable of releasing your ‘full potential’. The question is, if you could suddenly understand and accomplish everything you ever dreamed in a fraction of the time, would you necessarily be happier?Bradley […]

By Mark HadleyMonday 21 Mar 2011MoviesReading Time: 2 minutes

Limitless
RATING:  M
DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow
RELEASE DATE: March 17

Based on the novel by Alan Glyn, Limitless is a ‘What if?’ story about a designer drug that is capable of releasing your ‘full potential’. The question is, if you could suddenly understand and accomplish everything you ever dreamed in a fraction of the time, would you necessarily be happier?

Bradley Cooper plays Eddie, a failing New York copywriter Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) who is suddenly offered the ability to access the full capacity of his brain. The advantage comes in the form of a designer pharmaceutical offered by a mystery friend. Morra’s newfound super intelligence becomes the key to his commercial success. However the smarter he becomes, the more distance he places between himself and the person his friends used to know. And unknown antagonists make it clear that every success comes at a price.

Limitless is directed by Neil Berger who helmed the thriller The Illusionist and is scripted by Leslie Dixon who gave cinemagoers The Thomas Crown Affair. It’s based on the book by Alan Glynn called The Dark Fields that builds its plot out from the hackneyed expression, ‘If something appears to be too good to be true, it probably is.’ Morra asks the viewer, “How many of us ever know what it is to become the perfect version of ourselves?” but the real question is, would we know what to do with the opportunity if it presented itself? His life becomes a high-speed love affair with power, money and sensation, but degenerates into addiction and paranoia as Morra comes to the attention of power-broker Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro).

Limitless asks whether the human character is capable of handling complete control, or if our limitations have been imposed to help us learn other, more important lessons. This film is an action-thriller likely to appeal to teens and twenty-somethings and a natural fit for viewers yet to consider why getting everything we want might not be such a good thing.