Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is struggling writer who hasn't written a word of the book he has taken an advance
for. His girlfriend (Abbie Cornish) breaks up with him. Then Eddie bumps into Vernon, the brother of his
ex-wife. Vernon introduces Eddie to a brain enhancer drug called NZT- a drug that makes the user able to access
the full power of their brain. After Vernon is murdered, Eddie steals Vernon's stash and uses NZT to finish his novel
and make lots of money on the stock market. He catches the attention of Carl Van Loon (Robert DeNiro), a powerful supervisor
of a top energy firm. Also Eddie is being chased by a mysterious man. Soon Eddie learns being at the top
has consequences and NZT may have some side effects.
is a paranoid thriller that is almost perfect except it tries to be too neat and make it explainable to everyone. I
did find the thread about other people who might be using NZT to be interesting. Bradley Cooper is a charming
actor who catches the charm and paranoia of Eddie in equal lengths. LIMITLESS shows you Eddie's world
before NZT and on NZT. Does it change him for the better? Would a drug like NZT make you better or change you
from the person people once recognized?
It has some interesting twists and turns. Yet I don't like the flashback to what came before to catch up where the movie
started out in addition to how they too neatly wrap things up in the end. It would have been more daring if the film
didn't leave it neat at the end and took even more risks. Still LIMITLESS is a good paranoid thriller with a magnetic
turn from Bradley Cooper.
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