Limitless Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish
My grade: A+
Finally a genuinely unique film has been brought to us in a fantastically thrilling way. This movie plays to the human desire of wanting to be the best at whatever you do using the easiest way possible. It starts off with a very down-trodden writer who seems to be on his last leg. His girlfriend is breaking up with him, his apartment is a den of rats, and he's one step away from the streets because he hasn't written anything in over year. Cue the serpent who comes to Cooper offering "NZT" which would supposedly open his mind to "limitless" possibilities. This is where the beauty of the the film lies because everyone who watches the movie asks themselves, "What would I do?" We've all wondered what it would be like to be their very best at something, and if they made a pill that would allow us to do just that,would we take it?
The rest of the movie surrounds what Cooper does with this new found clarity slash genius. He flies up the rank of stock brokers where he meets De Niro. Now De Niro plays this very cunning, very perceptive tycoon of all things business. Throughout the movie you get the sense that he doesn't trust this phenom who has seemed to appear out of thin air. So as this silent battle is being waged between Cooper and De Niro, Cooper realizes that there are side effects to his newly acquired prowess. Here in lies the problem with the easy way out, and this is why I think this movie is so great. Anytime in life when we are presented with something that seems to be too good to be true, it usually is meaning that that we will always have to work for what we have in some form or another.
Cooper has exploded on the acting scene with a comfortability that is rarely seen in young actors. He has shown the ability to be both funny and serious while being the lead or supporting actor and still not lose sight of making a good film. The way you can rate an overall good movie is if the audience comes out of it talking about what they have just watched. With limitless, there is no doubt you will be talking about what you would have or would not have done.
P.S. This was written on the IPad so it doesn't have the indentions or color has the computer. Sorry guys.
Posted by Mike