Limitless asks: what are you on?

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Limitless 2011Leslie DixonNeil BurgerBradley Cooper, Robert De NiroAlan Glynn (Novel) Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Limitless(2011)
 

Finally, there’s a movie that champions our society’s hunger for enhancement in “Limitless.” Flavor of the month Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Morra, an uninspired writer whose ambition has been quenched by daylight hangovers. When Eddie’s girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) dumps him, Eddie finds himself in a deep ditch. However, Eddie’s life is about to take a literary twist when his former brother in-law Vernon (Johnny Whitworth) offers him a pill that ends up showing Eddie the endless possibilities of his potential. Eddie, juiced up with a new found confidence, finds in this drug the key to his desires and aspirations.

Unfortunately for Eddie, his supplier Vernon ends up killed, leaving Eddie fearing for his life. But when he finds a huge stash of the pills, Eddie’s relentless rise to the top finds him partying with the wealthy, getting laid in the bathrooms of high end clubs with beautiful women, and even venturing into the stock market, where he partners up with the market’s top dog Carl Van Loon(Robert De Niro).

As Eddie reaches the high of fulfillment, his life is in severe danger of ending on the zeinth as a henchman follows his every move, not to mention a menacing loan shark (Andrew Howard) harassing him when he finds out the secret to Eddie’s success. To make matters worse, Eddie discovers from his ex-wife Melissa (Anna Friel) that the drug that has benefited him might ultimately destroy him.

“Limitless” is a high gloss, trippy thriller about seeking the means in with we can better ourselves, even if that comes in the form of chemicals. The movie, directed by Neil Burger, has an interesting premise and an David Fincheresque craftsmanship for surrealist imagery and tempo. Nonetheless, after the flair wears out, all you got is a movie that loses its direction, encountering subplots it fails to close out.

Additionally, the film stuggles to make a clear point of what it whats to say. “Limitless” seems to want to denounce the business of drug comsumerism as a catalyst for self improvement, yet also allows Eddie to gets everything he wished for anyways. The film lacks conviction, but then again, with a good amount of people dosing on something that will improve them, “Limitless” will attract an audience by simply looking the other way.

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