Thriller and Adaptation. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 45 minutes.
by John Baer/Relativity Media
De Niro and Bradley Cooper in Relativity Media's Limitless
Bradley Cooper gets
hooked on a wonder-drug and butts heads with Robert De Niro in
Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a struggling writer who lives in New
York City and just lost his girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish).
Eddie has an idea for a novel, but cannot overcome writers
block until he comes across his former brother-in-law (Johnny
Whitworth) who presents Eddie with a miracle drug that will solve
all his problems.
Eddie takes the drug and writes his novel in no time. However,
he only feels the drugs effects for 24 hours. Through some shady
dealings, Eddie is able to get his hands on all the drugs he could
ever need, and thus begins his meteoric rise and fall.
The success ofLimitless depends on Coopers
performance. He is in every scene, and needs to carry the movie.
Fortunately, Cooper does a pretty admirable job. Hes likable
even though his character is working with drug dealers and mobsters
while walking around with a smug entitled look on his face. Unfortunately,
De Niro is not given much to work with in the film. Even though
he has been in some terrible movies lately, I am still a hardcore
De Niro fan. I wanted to see much more of him.
Limitless is based on the novel The Dark Fields
by Alan Glynn. The whole time I was watching the movie, I kept
thinking to myself that this material would work much better as
a book. I have not read the book, but will definitely read it
sometime in the near future. Also, after researching the book
on the internet, I would definitely prefer the books ending
to the films ending. I dont want to spoil anything,
but it wraps up a little too neatly.
That being said I enjoyed Limitless more than I thought
I would. If you are a fan of Bradley Cooper, then this might be
the film youve been waiting for as he aptly demonstrates
his ability to carry a movie.
credit: Relativity Media