'Limitless' DVD Review, Written by: Karen Benardellp
People often succeed in their careers because of their unparalleled knowledge of their chosen field and determination to thrive in what they do. Bradley Cooper is one such actor, who has shot to fame with his quirky humor and natural charm. But unlike his character Eddie Morra in the Relativity Media thriller 'Limitless,' which was shot in New York City, the comedic actor didn’t need a drug to make him smarter or motivate him to perform better.
'Limitless' follows New York City writer Eddie (played by Cooper), an author who is hit with a severe case of writer's block and has no idea how to fix it. While he is unable to formulate any ideas for his new novel and virtually has no other job prospects, Eddie's girlfriend, Lindy (portrayed by Abbie Cornish), breaks up with him. Eddie then runs into his ex-brother-in-law, who convinces him to take NZT, a top-secret, experimental drug that allows people to use all of their brain power.
After he begins taking NZT every day, Eddie becomes extremely successful in the financial world, using his new-found math skills to make money on Wall Street. Business mogul Carl Van Loon (played by New York City native Robert De Niro) becomes impressed with Eddie, and makes him his protégé. But Eddie not only tries to hide his dependency on NZT from Carl, but also the fact that hit men are trying to kill him unless he gives them more of the mind-altering drug.
Director Neil Burger had the potential to create an exciting action thriller with 'Limitless,' but unfortunately, failed to live up to expectations. The movie, which is based on the 2001 techno thriller novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, has an interesting premise, showcasing what positive effects a street drug can have on a person's mind. Eddie, who should have been a likable character who proves that anyone can achieve anything they put their mind to, regrettably fails to grow or mature after taking the NZT.
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