New idea has its lim­its

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life - by Amanda Gray

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,

The Il­lu­sion­ist)

Star­ring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Ab­bie Cor­nish

Show­ing at: Read­ing Cin­e­mas, Birch Car­roll and Coyle

Amanda’s rat­ing:

★ ★ 1⁄2

Bradley Cooper and

Ab­bie Cor­nish in


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