Excerpt: Bradley Cooper ('The A-Team') and two-time Academy-Award winner Robert De Niro star in this provocative and action-packed thriller with unlimited surprising twists. Eddie Morra (Cooper), a burnt-out writer, discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100% of his brain's capacity. He instantly acquires mind-bending talents and mesmerizing visions that bring him big money, beautiful women and limitless success.
Excerpt: Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) should be a lot more successful than he is. He's smart, he's got some talent--as we meet him he has a book deal and is working on his debut novel--he's got ambitions. But he's limited; limited by his lack of drive, his lack of focus, and slowly everything he's ever worked for is slipping from his fingers.
Excerpt: The human mind is truly an amazing thing. I don’t know why, but the other day I was thinking to myself (well, of course to myself, who else would I be thinking to?) of all the things that we as a people have accomplished. What if, for whatever odd reason, one of us was banished back to the stone age? What could we accomplish with all the knowledge that we’re inundated with on a daily basis?
Excerpt: This is a drug that’s so new it doesn’t even have a street name yet. This is life on fast forward, it’s David Fincher on acid, and it’s one hell of a ride. When the effect wears off, though, it’s straight back to Stupidville, and you’re royally screwed if your supply runs out. Bradley Cooper is the washed-up writer who happens upon the drug in a chance meeting, and his life takes some very drastic turns—for better and worse.
Excerpt: Almost any critic will tell you, there is nothing better than an old idea done extremely well. The familiarity of formula being fused with the fun of rediscovery creates one of the best aesthetic experiences a jaded journalist can have. It's like tasting chocolate all over again, or re-experiencing a forgotten bit of fun. This is exactly what happens with Neil Burger's excellent sci-fi thriller Limitless . Sure, we've seen the stooge to savant storyline a dozen times.
Excerpt: The Film Smart, stylish and sexy are all labels we could comfortably put on Bradley Cooper. Lucky for him, they also apply to his film, Limitless , proving that the guy doesn't need the Wolf Pack to make a good movie. Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a blocked writer with a girlfriend (Abbie Cornish) whose had enough of his uninspired antics.
Excerpt: Limitless begins with a spectacular visual effect, a direct trip through the streets of New York, a straight shot without any hold ups. It’s a mixture of stills, live action, zooms, clever editing, and CG work, all totally seamless and wildly original. Leading into Times Square, the shot doesn’t mean much short of putting director Neil Burger’s name on-screen twice. In the scheme of things, it means everything.
Conclusion: 'Limitless' is a pretty average example of style over substance, with a mediocre script but exciting visuals. The video transfer does a good job handling the film's shifting styles, and the audio track provides a great, immersive experience. Supplements are a little lacking, but this is still a good disc for a middle-of-the-road film.
Conclusion: Limitless has a few limits it can't quite overcome. It's too brisk for its own good, with several key plot points just kind of appearing out of nowhere. It also is tonally a bit schizophrenic, one part black comedy, another part paranoid thriller. But it's to the film's credit that it still manages to be a very entertaining ride.