Saturday, May 20, 2017

Limitless (2011)

Director: Neil Burger

Writers: Leslie Dixon, Alan Glynn

Composer: Paul Leonard-Morgan

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Brian Anthony Wilson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?

Plot: With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Right off the bat the visuals in the opening credits set you up for the film that follows.  It's almost dizzying but it's creative, fun and it gives you the feeling of what our protagonist is about to experience before we even know what it's about.  The performances are good, especially from Cooper.  He's fantastic.  The story is interesting, intriguing and tight.  There's some plain ole luck when it comes to how they explain how Eddie gets away with the gunfight in his apartment but that's a minor quibble.  The ending is really fucking good.  I loved it.  I sure would like to get my hands on some of those pills.  My memory problems would disappear.  Highly recommended.  It's fun, smart and entertaining all the way through. And here's something cool, there was a single season run of a TV series with the same name that takes place after this picture and Cooper shows up from time to time.  I've got to see this.

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