Saturday, 16 February 2013

FILM: Limitless (6/10)

Why did I watch it?
This was one that the missus recorded, presumably just because it had Bradley Cooper in it. Still, I remember seeing the trailer when it came out and wondering if it was worth a watch.

What's it all about?
Based on The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, Limitless tells the story of frustrated writer, Eddie (Cooper), who is offered a pill with the ability to enlighten senses and increase the brain's capacity for memory and awareness beyond that of human beings. Having taken the drug, Eddie's success improves dramatically, and his life along with it, but problems arise at the top when he attracts attention, struggles with the side effects and realises his supply cannot last indefinitely.

Should you watch it?

Limitless is an above average thriller, not without its flaws, but nonetheless well anchored by Cooper's versatile performance as both bum and success story. The film earns points for its varied cinematography and effects, giving clear distinction between the times when Eddie is experiencing the drugs illumination and not. The plot is a little thin, the ending feels almost tagged on as an afterthought and while Abbie Cornish doesn't really have much to do, Robert De Niro doesn't bring as much gusto as you would expect to his role as the investment kingpin who takes an interest in Eddie's success.

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