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|LIMITLESS (director: Neil Burger; screenwriters: Leslie Dixon/based on the novel “The Dark Fields,” by Alan Glynn; cinematographer: Jo Willems; editor: ; music: Paul Leonard-Morgan; cast: (Eddie Morra), (Lindy), (Van Loon), Anna Friel (Melissa), Johnny Whitworth (Vernon), Andrew Howard (Gennady), Ned Eisenberg (Morris Brandt); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Leslie Dixon/Scott Kroopf/Ryan Kavanaugh; Relativity Media; 2011)|
|"A flashy techno-thriller."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Limitless is a flashy techno-thriller based
Glynn’s 2001 novel ‘The Dark Fields,’ and
by Leslie Dixon
Doubtfire"). Neil Burger
Lucky Ones"/"Interview With The
Assassin") avoids moralizing, keeps things
fast paced and seems to be telling us that corporate
are evil and experimenting with unknown drugs might
tremendous benefits along with dangerous side
effects. The slick
thriller warns us that we use only a small portion
of our brain and
tells us that the benefits of taking a powerful
brain drug to get
smarter, even if untested,
that it causes paranoia, induces urges to kill and
poses fatal health
Eddie Morra (Johnny
called NZT, not yet on the market,
to function at full capacity. Taking the wonder drug
brings on amazing
results that allows Eddie to write his masterpiece
novel in four days and then get it published. When
Vernon's apartment to get more drugs, complications
arise when he finds
Vernon has been executed with a bullet to the head.
From now on Eddie
will have to use his wits to keep supplied. In the
process of being a
regular pill popper of NZT, the superficial Eddie now
meets some rich
stock brokers, travels to great resorts around the
world, has great sex
some hotties he meets through his new hotshot pals,
and masters the
stock market to make a quick million dollars or so.
Eddie also must
deal with a
loan shark (Andrew Howard),
who advanced him a large sum of money to play the
market. But his new
found wealth brings him back together with Lindy and
interest of energy tycoon Van Loon (Robert De Niro), who uses
to pull off big stock market deals.
Eddie goes on a wild ride, where his gains come the easy way through his drug use and are not earned the hard and more meritorious way through experience. It closes with a despondent Eddie changing his mind about jumping off the roof and instead finding a way to wean himself off the pill, while still milking its positives This new power gained from the magic pill leads Eddie to not only order in a restaurant food in a foreign language, but to run for the senate. How Eddie gets from a bum to such a respected position makes for an energetic and enjoyable tale, that only crashes because it's so preposterous, the ending is a bummer and Eddie's such a dick.
REVIEWED ON 3/28/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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