Cert: 15 Runtime: 105 mins Director: Neil Burger Cast: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Anna Freil
A tablet a day and I was Limitless…
Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), is a guy that is down-on-his-luck writer suffering from a bad case of writers block. He is given the go ahead to write a sci-fi novel, but his publisher’s deadline is looming and he hasn’t written a word. Running out of time, behind on his rent, and on the brink of losing his girlfriend, it’s hardly surprising that he takes the mysterious clear pill offered to him by his shady former brother-in-law, Vernon Gant (Johnny Whitworth).A government approved clever pill (allegedly) that temporarily gives you the full use of your brain. The drug gives Eddie super genius powers of memory and perception. He is able to make logical deductions, learn instruments and languages within days (jealous). This is the good part of the film, after this we see Eddie become a super human being, by finishing his novel in 4 days, becomes a stock broker. During this time he get’s on the wrong side of the trackers dealing with a loan shark, in order to make more money. He goes from making $ 100,00 to $ 2.4 million in 10 days, this attracts the attention on Carl Von Loon (Robert De Niro) a very powerful energy tycoon. All of this combined it creates a whirlwind film, full of jealousy, deceit, love and knowledge.
I had mixed feelings walking into this film, but gradually I changed my mind. It is a very far-fetched plot but at the same time it’s very original in my opinion. Bradley Cooper performance is fantastic in both roles as he goes from a very depressed individual to a smug protagonist.There are a few blank spots in the plot, there is not much mention on the relationship between Cooper and Cornish it seems to be a sub plot, even though it seems that loosing his girlfriend is the main motivation to take the pills in order to gain her love back. It is a very low-key film, not very well advertised. I would advise you to watch it though, as it has very fresh ideas and it’s just a change. Think I will be reading the book ‘”Dark Fields” which the film is based on next.