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Movie Review: LIMITLESS Starring Bradley Cooper

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Limitless (2011)

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Who's In It?

Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish and Anna Freil

What’s It About?

Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Mora, a struggling writer who is down on luck and confidence.  Dumped by his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish), Mora bumps into his ex brother in law and is introduced to NZT, a new drug that allows you to use your brains full 100% capacity.  It turns the down and out Eddie Mora into a house hold name in the financial market making millions.  But is the new drug everything it seems and can Mora keep one step ahead of assasins and corrupt business men around him?

The Verdict

*May Contain Spoilers*

This is Bradley Cooper’s first shot at being an out and out leading man and in my opinion he certainly held his own, and I’m pleased he got the chance to do so.  The movie was originally set to cast Shia LaBeouf who had to drop out following his motorcycle accident.
The movie starts with a great intro for me, it’s very dark and in keeping with where main character Eddie Mora is in his life, pretty much down and out suffering from severe writers block.  Introduced to NZT a new drug that is supposedly FDA approved the movie brightens up instantly and Mora is now a hot shot at everything he turns his hand too.

The drug opens up his mind and allows him to remember everything he has ever read or listened to, he is even able to learn languages in minutes.  Going after the big money he becomes involved in brokerage trading and is even able to calculate the algorithm of the market, a skill I would not mind myself in relation to the Google algorithm.

Step in Carl Van Loon (De Niro) a man who sees Mora’s exceptional talent as a way of making millions.  The movie was really picking up steam now and appeared to be going places, with Mora at the top of his game and Van Loon guiding his young associate.  Thing is NZT is like any other drug and when you come off it severe side effect’s will take their toll, as they do on Mora who’s aim now is to find more supply of the drug.

De Niro does not some into the movie until at least half way through and his input is very little, a role that would maybe not require such a big household name, but then again the mear fact he is in the movie will get people to watch it and when he is on screen he commands it as you would expect.

Mora has got mysterious people watching and attempting to assassinate him in order to get their hands on the drug. The movie really takes off again with Mora finding his fix and he is able to stay one step ahead of the competition, or is he?  The story really starts to unfold with shady businessmen who are themselves on the drug already and want Mora out of the game all together.

The running time of the movie was pretty spot on at one hour forty five minutes and you never really have a moment to think where is this going, It stays on track right through for me and was all in all a pretty good movie, admittedly not the best one I have ever seen but a good one all the same.

Would I Watch It Again?

I would definantly watch this movie again, its one of those that you will pick stuff up second time around that you missed in the first viewing.

Rating: MMMM

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