When I was a young boy, I remember being told that human beings never use the full potential of their brain’s capacity and power. Upon hearing that, prayers for full use of my brain were quite commonly flowing from my lips as I knelt in prayer over my bed each night! Ah, the mind of a child! Well, lo and behold, imagine my amusement when I first saw the premise for the movie Limitless as it covers, basically, a childhood dream with an answer to prayer for full use of your brain!
Here, check out the trailer!
Starring Bradley Cooper (A-Team), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), and Robert De Niro (Goodfellas), Limitless explores the….well,…..the limitless possibilities of employing the full use of one’s brain and unleashing the power within! In a rather well-told rags to riches storyline, Eddie Morra (Cooper) goes from hapless writer to highly successful and focused financier after taking experimental drug NZT that enables him full use of his brain! Seemingly without side-effect or consequence! But all isn’t what it seems. Morra’s world soon comes crashing full circle as the choices he makes result in a snowball effect of events. Will his new found smarts help him escape as the walls come crashing in?
The idea behind this story is one of the main strongpoints of the film. Who wouldn’t want to explore all of the “limitless” avenues made available via such a magic brain pill? But the underlying themes of questioning whether or not one’s internal strength and natural fortitude is enough, or proposing that drugs are the answer, or that the ends justifies the means, or that the side effects of drugs are horrible,…regardless, place conflicting philosophy into the message of the film so that, in the end, a movie about using your brain’s full potential, causes the viewer to shut it off and just watch instead of thinking on any of the implications whilst watching! Don’t get me wrong. It is a fun film to watch and speculate “Man, what would I do in with those brain pills?” But the overall message of the film is clouded in the rapid whirlwind and haze of self-help, drugs, mystery, thrills, and plot/intrigue.
Other aspects of the film: A few unbelievable turn of events, but a classy supporting cast. Both De Niro and Cornish operate very well in the confines of their roles. And director Neil Berger (who also directed 2006’s The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti) fantastically portrays a visual representation of how Morra’s brain works and operates while under the influence of NZT. I can think of no better way to display the thought processes of Cooper’s character than how Berger decided to do so! Very well done!
While remaining rather formulaic and sadly predictable, Limitless still grabs the attention of the audience and will make viewers either, 1-wonder what they would do with that kind of potential, 2- desire to go back to college to earn a degree in chemistry in order to make NZT a reality, or 3- get on their knees and pray for natural use of 100% of your brain, much like I did as a child! 🙂 Be warned though….the amount of your unanswered selfish and amiss prayers may indeed end up limitless!
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Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars for “Limitless” (I personally enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau a bit more! AB seems a little bit more well-rounded…romance included…scifi, thrill, mystery, and intrigue) Let me know your thoughts!
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