Written by MELISSA LI
Director: Neil Burger
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish
Limitless takes you on a ride into a world of temptation, success and danger. It first starts out introducing Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a washed up writer unable to jot down a single word for his big book deal. His New York flat is in shamble, his hair is a mess, his face is worn out and his girlfriend (Abbie Cornish) dumps him. Morra’s life is clearly going nowhere.
On a walk outside for air, he runs into his former brother in-law who offers him a way out of his despair – a clear pill called NZT-48 that will allow him to access 100% of his brain power. Apparently we only access 10%.
Morra initially doubts the pill but quickly has a change of heart as he realizes that he’s got nothing to lose. Almost immediately, his brain opens up. His senses are heightened and everything becomes crystal clear. His logical reasoning skills are flawless as he can recall any piece of information he has ever seen or heard.
Heading back home, Morra is more focused than ever. He cleans up his mess of an apartment, gets a haircut and new clothes and sits down and flushes out a bestselling book.
He is an overnight success. His editor loves his book but Morra quickly switches career fields as he tries his hand in the stock market. From thousands to millions of dollars, Morra is on top of the world. He is able to do anything he wants – learn languages, play piano, conquer sports, and get with any woman. Unfathomable transformation in the space of days, thanks to the little pills.
Eddie grows dependent on NZT-48 and understands that he needs more of the pills. He discovers his ex-brother in law brutally murdered at his apartment. Eddie calls the cops but manages to find a huge stash of the pill in time.
That’s where trouble begins. Soon Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), an affluent business man is trying to capture his intelligence to launch a massive takeover. Russian mobsters are after him and the pills. And an eerie mysterious figure is following his every move.
After the movie, you can’t help but think: how much brain power are we really using? Would our lives be that much better if we just focused and applied ourselves like Eddie did? If NZT-48 existed, would you take it knowing the consequences? Curiosity consumes your mind as it grasps how life is full of limitless possibilities.
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