Limitless. With a name like that its potential is immense. Bradley Cooper leads as struggling writer Eddie Morra who uses the mind enhancing NZT-48 drug to create a better, richer life for himself. One warning: Limitless’ side-effects may include frantic pace and dizzying spells of colour.
Commendable was the film’s advertising. As if to demonstrate just how much of our mind we do not use, I travelled everyday on the tube with Limitless’ mock pharmaceutical poster subliminally staring me in the face. This had already whetted my curiosity as its premise was deliciously plausible.
The film was visually stylish, making good use of colour and effects to highlight life on NZT. Cooper is a charismatic star with strong support by Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish. The pace was relentless and administered a strong dose of NZT for us all to experience. There was a frenetic sense that the narrative had to push onwards just as our hero did, otherwise we may all crash into a bundle of nervous wrecks.
Although NZT is fictional, comparisons between real drug abuse were obvious but not explored. Instead Limitless focused its efforts on action and sidelined the very human dilemma Morra faced between his addiction and his relationships. Limitless was amoral in that respect, distancing its lead from the usual filth associated with junkies. It is not a drug movie like Trainspotting or Requiem for a Dream. But perhaps it never intended to be. Overall it is a compelling and well formed film, but I can only recommend recreational use.
3 1/2 Stars