MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Limitless’ won’t win any Oscars, but you’ll still want to see it

By on March 30, 2011

Credits

Directed By: Neil Burger

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

Synopsis

“Limitless” is an action-thriller about a writer named Eddie Morra who discovers an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his brain power at any given time. Before Morra finds this drug, his life is falling apart and he spirals into a depression. When Morra runs into his ex-brother-in-law who introduces him to this drug, MDT, everything changes. On MDT, Morra can recall anything he’s ever read, heard or seen. However, as he begins to rise to the top of the financial world, the drug’s major side effects and hit men going after Morra make for some interesting sub-plots.

Review

“Limitless” is an enjoyable film that will intrigue you until the end. The plot is filled with action, suspense and even a few laughs to keep you glued to the screen. It’s not going to win the next Oscar, but it will definitely leave you satisfied.

It’s easy to enjoy a movie where audiences witness various super powers they wish they could have. These movies are usually superhero films such as “Spider-Man” or “The Incredible Hulk.” But “Limitless” is unique because it’s not a super hero movie at all–it focuses on the changed life of one ordinary man who has accomplished so much in so little time. This might be something all college students wish they could do–access years and years of information from their brains to succeed in every facet of life. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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Overall, the script was very well written. When Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is on MDT, he talks like a true genius. He shows a clever intelligence and gives the viewer an idea of the drug’s power, and how far Cooper’s character has come.

Cooper’s performance was impressive. As his first lead role, Cooper did a great job portraying Morra, the depressed writer who manages to turn his life around. With this role, Cooper proves that he can carry a film and be taken seriously, as more than just that guy from “The Hangover.”

This suspenseful, action-packed thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final scene. It’s not going to be the next classic, but it’s a film you won’t want to miss.

Rating

7 out of 10

Showtimes

North Haven Rave Cinemas:

11:10 a.m. 1:45 4:40 7:20 9:55

New Haven Criterion Cinemas:

12:30 2:50 5:10 7:30 10:00

 

 

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