Limitless

Limitless
Release Date: 18th March 2011
Director: Neil Burger
Rating: 15
Rogue Pictures, Virgin Produced, Relativity Media

Blank screen. A few minutes later, a title. Then, nothing. As I try to find the words to write my story, all I have is my brain switching from thought to thought. If only I had some of the pills Edward Morra takes. Possibilities are limitless.

After some trouble getting a book together, Edward Morra (Bradley Cooper) ends up with the pill to change his life. With this pill his mind opens up one hundred per cent. Everything is clear, motivation is plentiful. From dredging up thoughts from the past to tackling the stock market. With a pop of the pill, his life changes, but only as long as he has some pills to take. And then there is the side effects. Rising to the top through drugs is never going to be a right moral way, so many dangerous factors come into play.

The idea is mind bending and gives a fresh touch on the thriller genre, though it isn’t as smart as it likes to think. Edward’s mind never really shows any truly amazing feats and the story runs along on a predictable path. People want the drug, his love will come back, side effects will take place. Each plot point connects to the next in a suitable fashion, but never an original one. A shame that the concept is bogged down standard thriller proceedings with only the occasional moment of genius. The protagonist comes across as a know it all pretentious jerk on the pills too; I barely cared for his crisis when the going got tough. The film hints he is going this way, but the ending crashes when lessons aren’t learned.Can’t hook onto secondary characters either as girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish), businessman Carl Vari Loon (Robert De Nero) and thug Gennady (Andrew Howard) barely get the screen time to make an impression.

Limitless had a lot of potential, but when I look at my blank word document I think I just need a kick rather than a pill. More trippy camera displays and some clever set pieces would have done wonders. I suppose it is hard to write about a character with a one hundred per cent thought process when the writer themselves only use twenty.

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