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'no-no, no-no-no-no, no-no-no-no, no-no there's no limit!'
Member Name: Kat1987
Advantages: Great plot, well executed, some beautiful scenes,
Disadvantages: Casting was a little off for me.
Released:2011, Run time:105 minutes, Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Thriller.
Film only review.
Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is an apparently talented writer. If only his brain knew that. Faced with a looming deadline, an agitated publisher and a severe case of writers block the down and out Eddie roams the streets looking for inspiration and he finds it...in the form of NZT, a new drug that promises the world but this isn't your average drug, this drug allows you to access the entirety of your own mind, remember every detail you ever subconsciously absorbed and recall it all at the right moment. It is everything you're ever wanted in pill form and it can clear writers block like paracetamol clears a headache.
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I sat down to watch this film rather reluctantly, a friend had recommended it to us and my partner had been really keen to watch it and as it was his turn to choose the film I had no choice what was on the television. I decided to do some work whilst the t.v was on in the background. I soon put the work down because this film had me interested from the opening scene.
It is one of those films where you are thrown right into the action, the opening scene is actually one of the later scenes and it's a good one. Straight away I was upright and paying attention. The film then goes back to the beginning, revealing how the character of Eddie (Bradley Cooper) got into this predicament. The film is narrated by Eddie, he is telling us his story. This film is based on a book called 'The Dark Fields' by Alan Glynn, later released as 'Limitless' and despite never having read the book I could tell that the director had wanted to keep the books influence throughout the film. There are scenes when Eddie is writing that are magical, I really enjoyed them. The way in which Eddie speaks when narrating make it seem that he is reading from the book. I am guessing that Glynn came up with the idea for this book/film whilst suffering writers block- it seemed very evident to me that Eddie is a manifestation of experiences that the author has been through.
The plot is excellent. It has taken a common idea and amped it up to Hollywood thriller level. How many times have we heard that we only use 10% of our brains- what would you do with the chance to open up your entire brains capacity- I am pretty sure I would take it even after seeing the side effects. That is the beauty of this film, it shows you the glory of having everything you want as well as the downsides, it explores addiction, dependency and desperation. There were scenes I found moving, scenes I found funny and scenes that I found 'trippy' and a little odd. It is shot wonderfully. The film explored all aspects of drug dependency and the dangers of having all that we could wish for but it wasn't just an emotional tale warning you about drugs. It had action too, car chases, bad guys, thieves, murderers and stock brokers!
Bradley Cooper plays a good part, he is less believable as the down on his luck writer but comes into his own as a playboy billionaire. He oozes charisma. Abbie Cornish as Eddie's long suffering, on/off girlfriend is also good, portraying an almost dual personality. My opinions about her character changed throughout the film. A sign of a good performance I think. My opinion on Robert De Niro's performance as Carl Van Loon also altered throughout the film, I liked Van Loon as a character (although, I hate the name, sounds far too cheesy) I wasn't a hundred percent convinced that De Niro was the right guy to play him, he came across as a bit soft to me. Andrew Howard, someone I didn't recognise but have apparently seen him in things, was particularly menacing. I liked his portrayal of Gennady.
As I previously mentioned this film was shot wonderfully. The setting is believable, the scenes, though 'trippy' are in keeping with the theme of the film and the characters are well drawn. Some may argue that the action is a little far far fetched but I was whizzing along with the characters and so I found every moment to be important. The soundtrack to this film, whilst enjoyable and relevant wasn't something I would go out and buy but that is due to personal preference not because it's rubbish.
Overall it was a good film. It was thrilling. The pace was perfect and whilst some montages/trips went on a little too long the action more than made up for that. It appears to have elements of all genres it in from a love story to action to psychological thriller to science fiction.
Summary: A gripping, tense all rounder with a dash of morality.