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  • May 2, 2011
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So here I am, sick, writing my review of Limitless, which was a decent but unspectacular movie starring the ever-so-charismatic Bradley Cooper. From the minute I saw the trailer for this I wanted to see it and now that I have, I wasn't disappointed. Limitless doesn't really take full advantage of its spectacular premise, but it provides some decent thrills and visual panache, although like the consensus says, the script left much to be desired. This, along with movies like Rango and The Lincoln Lawyer, was where movies in 2011 started to get good, and we finally saw the light at the end of the January and February long tunnel of shitty movies.

Limitless is about Eddie Morra (Cooper), a down-on-his-luck writer who runs into his ex-brother-in-law who gives him a mysterious miracle drug that is supposed to let him access 100% of his brain. He subsequently takes the drug and discovers all sorts of wonderful things happening to him. He finishes his book in four days, any language that he even half-hears he becomes fluent in, and he can predict the stock market, making him millions in return. Plus, he gets back the girl (Abbie Cornish) who dumped him at the beginning of the movie. Naturally Eddie keeps taking the drug, but this time he finds himself a target of people who want the drug and withdrawal casues him to get very sick. He has to discover how to get more NZT (the drug) and outrun the people who want to kill him.

I have seen Bradley Cooper in ensemble casts before, like in The Hangover and The A-Team, and he has certainly done well in ensembles. However, I (and I'm sure some other people) was apprehensive to see how he could carry a movie by himself. Thankfully, he has charm to spare, so he did a great job of carrying the movie. Of course, there are two other main actors, namely Abbie Cornish and Robert DeNiro, but Cooper was probably the best. DeNiro was criminally underused in the role of vicious moneyman Carl Van Loon. I mean, come on, the guy was in Taxi Driver, he's one of the finest actors of our time, you can't find something a little bit more to do with him. Abbie Cornish was okay, but Cooper has enough charisma and charm to carry the movie.

The visuals are also wonderful, but not wonderful through CGI, but through cinematography and editing, which were both superb. Like the consensus says, the movie had a lot of visual panache, and the movie is pretty good for it. The screenplay and the dialogue, however, were quite limited. Not to say they were terrible, seeing as the narration from Cooper is actually quite good. However, the narration was pretty much the only good dialogue in the movie and the rest was just average. However, that doesn't really detract from the overall quality of the movie.

Does Limitless reach the possible potential suggested by its terrific premise? Honestly, no. Is it a terrible movie altogether? Absolutely not. Limitless is a decent thriller that rides by on the plentiful visual splendor and charm of its leading actor. It also has a good story, despite its lacking script, and is fun enough just to warrant a recommendation. So in short, I would recommend this to anyone who likes sort of techno-y thrillers or likes Bradley Cooper. If you intend to watch this because of DeNiro, you will be sorely disappointed because he's not in it much and when he is, he's criminally underused. However, this is a decent action thriller that is just good enough to warrant seeing it.

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review by . September 19, 2011
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review by . July 18, 2011
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review by . May 06, 2011
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