Limitless

Limitless

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Director: Neil Burger

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish

     
 

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A struggling writer unlocks the full potential of his brain by taking a cutting-edge pharmaceutical, only to find that his newfound abilities have made him a target for some of the most greedy and dangerous men on the planet. Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is an author without a novel. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't summon theSee more details below

Overview

A struggling writer unlocks the full potential of his brain by taking a cutting-edge pharmaceutical, only to find that his newfound abilities have made him a target for some of the most greedy and dangerous men on the planet. Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is an author without a novel. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't summon the inspiration to write a single word. That all changes when an old friend wanders back into Eddie's life, and opens his eyes to a powerful new drug called NZT. The moment Eddie takes NZT, his brain begins functioning at 100 percent, giving him the ability to quickly recall every event in his life down to the smallest detail, learn new languages in a flash, and harness the untapped power of complex mathematical equations. But when Eddie's supply of NZT runs out, the party is over. Of course, it doesn't take Eddie long to make a mint on Wall Street, and when he does, it draws the attention of Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), one of the world's most powerful and prominent businessmen. With Eddie's help, Carl plots to arbitrate a complex corporate merger that will shake the establishment to its very core. Just as the deal is about to be brokered, however, some dangerous characters discover Eddie's secret and come gunning for his dwindling supply of medicine. Now, if Eddie can just endure the debilitating side effects of NZT long enough to run for his life, he may just survive to see another day.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
In an age where the greatest baseball players of their era are being kept out of the Hall of Fame for taking performance-enhancing drugs as millions of uninsured Americans struggle to pay for medications they need to live, Neil Burger's Limitless certainly has topicality on its side. The movie stars Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra, a disheveled struggling writer scraping out a meager living in New York City while he procrastinates starting his novel, even though he's already spending the advance he's been given. After his girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish), dumps him for being so directionless, Eddie bumps into his ex-brother-in-law, Vernon (Johnny Whitworth), a shady drug dealer who gives Eddie a new pill. Turns out NZT, as it's called, fills Eddie with the capability to not only fulfill his potential, but it makes him smarter, more observant, and gives him encyclopedic recall of anything he's ever read or heard. He finishes his novel in one day, the publisher loves it, and now Eddie just needs more of the super-drug. That becomes problematic when Vernon is killed. Eddie finds the stash of NZT, and starts to turn his life around; however, he also begins to suffer seriously adverse side effects. On top of that, there's a ruthless Russian gangster on the hunt for the same drug. Limitless is absolutely fun to watch. It's got a pulpy energy -- you have little idea what's going to happen next -- and it's delivered with maximum gloss; commercials rarely look this slick. There's an undeniable kick watching Eddie rapidly master new skills, whether it's learning a foreign language, making a killing in the stock market, or seducing his landlord's girlfriend. Cooper is a smart choice to lead this project -- he's adept at projecting both cunning intelligence and lethal charm. He holds his own with Robert De Niro, who plays a billionaire businessman who considers hiring Eddie after the young man becomes a superstar in the financial world. While the surface levels of Limitless are highly enjoyable, there's something deeply cynical about the story being told, and it doesn't feel like the director recognizes the misanthropic darkness at Eddie's core. He's seduced by the drug's power, and there's early lip service paid to how NZT makes you capable of doing evil or unethical things you wouldn't otherwise do, but by the movie's conclusion there doesn't seem to be any grey area as far as how the audience is supposed to feel about him. There's a disconnect between the director and the script; the screenplay tries to keep these serious elements of the story in our consciousness -- especially in the character of Lindy -- yet the movie revels so much in our hero's successes that most people will leave the theater thinking he's a role model rather than a cautionary tale. Limitless is certainly a good time, but with a little more ambivalence it would have been a first-rate thriller.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2011
UPC:
0024543759430
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
9,194

Special Features

Includes both the theatrical version and unrated extended cut of the film in high definition; A Man Without Limits ; Taking It to Limit: The making of Limitless ; Audio commentary with director Neil Burger ; Alternate ending

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bradley Cooper Eddie Morra
Robert De Niro Carl Van Loon
Abbie Cornish Lindy
Andrew Howard Gennady
Anna Friel Melissa
Johnny Whitworth Vernon
Tomas Arana Man in Tan Coat
Robert John Burke Pierce
Darren Goldstein Kevin Doyle
Ned Eisenberg Morris Brandt
T.V. Carpio Valerie
Richard Bekins Hank Atwood
Patricia Kalember Mrs. Atwood
Cindy Katz Marla Sutton
Brian Anthony Wilson Detective
Rebecca Dayan Herself
Ann Marie Green Financial Newscaster
Damali Mason Female Cop
Meg McCrossen Female Assistant
Tom Bloom Dunham
Nina Hodoruk Realtor
Tom Teti Tailor
Stephanie Humphrey TV News Reporter
Joe McCarthy Day Trader #1
Peter Pryor Day Trader #2
Daniel Breaker Campaign Manager
Chris McMullin Cop
Dave Droxler Technician
Lusina Quarleri Italian Hostess/Waitress
Piper Brown Girl Skater
Simon MacLean Father Skater
Saxon Palmer Businessman #1
Stephen Sable Businessman #2
Caroline Maria Winberg Maria Winberg
Damaris Lewis Beautiful Black Woman
Martha Ann Talman Van Loon's Assistant
Robert Bizik Coffee Shop Owner
Hugh Douglas Poker Player #1
Howard Strong Poker Player #2
Arlette De Alba Girl Passenger
Eddie J. Fernandez Gennady Thug
Eddie Fernandez Gennady Thug
Ray Siegle Gennady Blind Thug
Nicholas Le Guern Friend at Beach #1
Richard Miller Friend at Beach #2
Violeta Silva Friend at Beach #3
Anna Parkinson Friend at Beach #4
Laurence Roscoe Friend at Beach #5
Paul Leonard-Morgan Conductor

Technical Credits
Neil Burger Director
Tracy Adams Editor
Douglas Aibel Casting
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Bradley Cooper Executive Producer
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director
Leslie Dixon Producer,Screenwriter
Jason Felts Executive Producer
Naomi Geraghty Editor
Jenny Gering Costumes/Costume Designer
Kenneth L. Halsband Co-producer
Ryan Kavanaugh Producer
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Kroopf Producer
Danny Michael Sound Mixer
Keith Palmer Makeup Special Effects
Janeen Schreyer Makeup
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Paul Urmson Sound/Sound Designer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Carla White Makeup
Jo Willems Cinematographer

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