Limitless – Review

1 Sep

We all wish that we could be better versions of ourselves, no matter how much you are happy with your place in society. Who wouldn’t want to be the perfect person? Well, in the film, Limitless, that gets to happen to someone, and even though it appears to be great there are terrible consequences. This is a very well made movie that is a lot deeper than I anticipated.


Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is a writer who is struggling with even getting the first word written for his new book. His life seems to be in the ultimate rut when his girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish), walks out on him. A strange meeting with someone from his past changes his life forever when he is offered a pill called NZT-48 that will allow him to access 100% off his brain. Using this pill, he not only finishes his book, but also learns how to beat the stock market and is soon hired by Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), who soon begins to suspect that Morra isn’t quite what he appears to be.

Let me just begin with saying that this movie was technically a masterpiece. The dizzying effect when Morra is way too deep in the grasp of the drug is something I’ve never seen anything like before. It reminded me of the dolly zoom that was first seen in Vertigo, but on a much larger scale. The color correction, gelling, and light work that is used to show when Morra is on the drug and off is perfect. When he has his brain working at full potential, everything is bright as opposed to the normal cold blue and gray look.


The whole idea of this is just really cool, if not scientifically inaccurate. It’s true that the hypothesis that only 20% of your brain is used has been debunked, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying Limitless. Think of it as a pill that unlocks your true potential and your subconscious thoughts, which in turn unlocks your smallest memories that have been stored in the deepest recesses of your mind. Who wouldn’t want to try that? It sounds like the greatest thing since sliced bread. How would you use it, though?

I enjoyed seeing how Eddie Morra flaunt his newfound intelligence and make enemies. I feel like this is a message the movie is trying to express. Although you may have a vast amount of knowledge, being braggadocios and obnoxious will only hurt you. I did want to see Morra succeed in the end, but it was still difficult to like him at times.This feeling of dislike made his character more real and deep.


While Requiem for a Dream scares the audience away from drugs, Limitless more of a warning then a condemnation. By the end of the movie, the viewer understands the danger of the drug, and how to relate it to daily life. What I’m trying to say is the movie warns more against the dangers of over usage and abuse in a very interesting and original way.

Limitless is a fantastic movie that is artistic, intelligent, inaccurate, but fun. There’s a lot of unexpected intrigue and murder concerning the business aspect of the movie and the drug abuse aspect. The greatest victory of this movie is its ability to make the audience feel like what Morra might feel. This is not a film you want to miss.


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