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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

Movie review by David Blackwell

105 minutes, rated PG-13
ASPECT RATIO:  1.85:1 
STUDIO:  Relativity Media/ Rogue Pictures/ Intermedia/ Virgin Produced/ Many Rivers Productions
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  3-18-2011

STARRING Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Abbie Cornish
WRITTEN by Leslie Dixon (screenplay), based on the novel by Alan Glynn
DIRECTED by Neil Burger

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.
LIMITLESS 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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