Limitless Review

"Limitless" stars Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish. The film is directed by Neil Burger and written by Leslie Dixon. How does the wonder the pill hold up? Should you take the pill or not?

Story - An unsuccessful writer's life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. That is the synopsis of the film. The story works very well. I really enjoy the story. It is a story of one man's journey to power using this super wonder drug. The characters are very interesting especially Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper). Eddie Morra is the main character in the movie and he's a loser in the beginning. He leeches off his girlfriend, he's not motivated to do anything with his life. He has failed as a writer. Eddie is pretty down on his luck. It's until Eddie meets his ex brother in law, who introduces him to the wonder drug. From there Eddie becomes one of the smartest and most powerful men in America. However things are not what they seem to be. Like any medication this one has some serious side effects. I won't spoil what the side effects are but let's just say it's not good. The story is entertaining, but I felt the ending was a little weak. However one thing I like about the ending is it made me wanting to see more. It seems that the rising conflict, between Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro characters was just reaching it's peak towards the end. Before the conflict between them really gets good the movie was over. There were also a question I was raising, while I was watching the movie. Like if he was so smart why couldn't he just make more pills in the beginning? Regardless of some things that was common sense. The movie, the characters are really engaging. I love the theme of power in this film. I love how it show how just a little taste of it can make anyone become greedy. I felt that was executed and explored well.

Acting - The acting is good. If you had any doubts that Bradley Cooper can't hold a movie. It's time for you to eat those words. This role showed that Cooper is soon going to be leading man status, if not already. Cooper is very convincing and entertaining in this role. He makes the character believable and really brings that charm that he is known for. De Niro is better than he has been in recent roles. He's not given much to do in this, however it is nice to see him back in a role you can tell he was enjoying. Abbie Cornish did good as well. She plays Cooper's girlfriend, she brings that element of vulnerability and sensitivity to the world of Eddie.

Music & Filmmaking - The music is composed by Paul Leonard-Morgan. I like the OST, however I'm not a huge fan of it. The music really shines during the intense fighting or chase scenes. Other than that I felt the music to be pretty generic. The filmmaking I really love. There is this one scene when Eddie is feeling dazed, and the entire scene goes into this trippy like sequence. It makes you really feel like you are experiencing it as well. The action scenes are shot well, and there is good use of narration that doesn't take away from the movie.

Final Grade B+/*** Stars Out Of 4 - Limitless is fun, entertaining and will make you think about the human potential. The movie is well acted and the pacing is great. I felt the soundtrack was generic but it doesn't hurt the film at all. I say go see this movie when you get a chance.