If you’ve seen this movie you’d agree that this is a must see. Limitless, based on the book The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, follows a down-and-out author Eddie Morra before and after his encounter with his ex-brother-in-law who deals him an unknown pill for free. This drug is the key factor of the plot, something that causes tension, contention, murders, chases and success. Once taken the pill opens closed parts of the takers brain, giving access to already learned knowledge, better learning capabilities and a remarkably higher IQ. He uses these new found abilities to learn the ins and outs of the stock market making thousands of dollars on a daily basis.
Bradley Cooper plays the protagonist brilliantly; spouting out intelligence seamlessly and illustrating his motives through his actions helping the viewer not to think as much as they have to. Ironic. The thrilling part of this movie is that the antagonist is three-fold: one unknown, one always known and another that comes in the end. Robert DeNiro was cast as one of these; Carl Van Loon, a stock trader whose poise could intimidate the most confident.
My favorite part of this movie was the visuals. At the beginning to maybe the end of the second act the visuals were enveloping me. As Eddie was narrating his story the visuals were there to support every thought and action. The drug affecting the narrator was also affecting the viewer giving the same euphoric sensation without the possibility of relapse and enhanced brain power. Especially at the beginning you can tell that the camera angles and motions were more interesting to look at. It’s too bad that they didn’t carry this convention further.
Limitless’ main idea drove the plot home, it was the engine of why it was both a successful storytelling and enjoyable movie.
Have you seen it? If so, what do you think?
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