New idea has its limits
ORIGINAL concepts are few and far between when it comes to Hollywood’s mainstream. But this film about a pill which allows the person digesting it to access the whole 100 per cent of their brain ( not just the reported 20 per cent we mere mortals are able to access) to become smarter, more efficient, more in control and basically a far better version of oneself promises something we’ve not seen before.
The focus is squarely on one such individual, Eddie Morra ( Bradley Cooper) who, in a chance encounter with his former brother-in-law, gains possession of NZT, the magic pill.
However, our main character, a wouldbe author, is unaware the drug is highly experimental and in demand from those who know of its existence.
When a large stash comes Eddie’s way, he does what anyone woul d do: he becomes an NZT devotee and he’s smarter, faster, more confident and charis-matic. Soon he is using his newfound intelli-ge nce a nd r e - markable confidence to talk his way out of and into trouble.
Finishing a book which had taken months to get started, he begins dabbling on the stock exchange and turns a minuscule amount into millions of dollars in a few days, bringing him to the attention of the country’s powerful corporates, in particular, Carl Van Loon ( Robert De Niro).
As I said, the concept promised so very much.
The cinematography, with extreme zoom-ins as well as fast-paced and overlapping time sequences at every turn, tries to distract you from the fact the concept itself is just not enough to make this a great film.
A good film yes, but unfortunately not as great as the teasers promised it could be.
The film: Limitless Rated: M Director: Neil Burger ( The Lucky Ones,
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish
Showing at: Reading Cinemas, Birch Carroll and Coyle
★ ★ 1⁄2
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