DVD: Limitless

By admin
09 September 2011

Sci-fi thriller.

2011. 104 min.

With Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro.

Director: Neil Burger.

13VL.

Rating: 3/5

What if you could take a pill that made you the best version of yourself?

That’s the dilemma faced by loser Eddie (Cooper), a sad sack trying to write a novel.

Then his ex-brother-in-law slips him an illegal drug and soon he has finished his novel, has had a makeover and is making $2 billion on the stock exchange.

But his meteoric rise doesn’t go unnoticed and others want to know his secret.

Although the plot is fast-paced and the visuals illustrating his drug high arresting, when Eddie is no longer a loveable slacker he loses the viewer’s sympathy.

There are moments of tension when he’s off the drug and at risk of losing everything but as soon as he takes a pill he’s invincible and you never doubt he’ll get out of the scrape he’s in.

The other characters are under-written and it’s all just a bit too slick, glib and morally dubious to really draw you in.

Bonus: featurettes, alternate ending, director’s commentary.

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