Limitless (2011) – Film Review

Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a writer who is struggling with his life and his relationship. He’s reaching his deadline and has nothing to show for it, and he’s not coping well. Then he bumps into his ex-wife’s brother, a drug dealer who used to supply Eddie in his wild, young days. He has a new drug, NZT-48, which allows the user to access 100% of his brain potential and they can then do just about anything. Eddie starts to take these, quickly becomes addicted and falls into a world of danger and violence.

It’s not bad. The concept in itself is pretty good; the idea of someone being able to see all possibilities at once. I think the key problem is the structure. It starts about three-quarters of the way through the film, which is a pretty common structure. Then it immediately flashes back, and once I’m in to the story, I’ve forgotten the first bit. When it gets back to it, I cannot see any reason for them to have started at this point. Why not just tell the story? Playing with structure can be totally amazing, but it shouldn’t be done for absolutely no reason. The other problem is the end. It feels totally anti-climactic, and just when I thought it was going to get interesting again, it finishes. Just like that.

Essentially, this film got me annoyed. There was so much potential which I think it failed to meet. Still, if you’re sitting at home on a Sunday night and dreading work the next day and this film comes on, it’s worth a watch.

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