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Again (I say this a lot), it’s been a while since I watched Limitless. My general feelings when looking back were that I enjoyed it, but when it comes to writing a post, it can be a bit vague!
A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. (from IMDb)
What I Liked
- When Limitless was first released, I assumed it was one of those films (Source Code, The Adjustment Bureau), that were trying to take advantage of the overwhelming popularity of Inception without actually being any good. When it came to watching it, I was pleasantly surprised. Whilst it’s no Inception, it’s pretty good fun. Also, I learned that it is based on a 2001 novel by Alan Glynn, the story therefore predating Inception by a good few years. Lesson learnt. I should probably give Source Code and The Adjustment Bureau a go at some point.
- I have a complex relationship with Bradley Cooper. I usually enjoy his performances well enough, but I’ve never bought into the World’s Most Attractive Man thing*. So here, playing Eddie, the writer who discovers the drug that gives him ‘limitless’ abilities, he’s perfectly likable, and I found myself routing for him, even though what he was doing wasn’t necessarily particularly ethical. Shia LaBeouf was due to play the lead role, but he dropped out when he injured his hand in a car accident. I would have found the film totally unwatchable if one of my least favourite actors had been in it, so I have to be grateful for that!
- Anna Friel only plays a tiny part in this film, as Eddie’s ex-wife and the sister of the drug dealer who provides him with the drug in the first place. She’s the voice on the end of the phone for a while, and then when she does finally pop up, the minor plot twist wasn’t all that hard to forsee. But she’s a very capable actress, and I enjoy seeing her perform, no matter how big the role.
- The very idea that a pill can give you access to every part of your brain is fascinating. It turns Eddie into a superhero of sorts, able to learn how to do just about anything, because all the unused potential in his brain has been unlocked. As a firm fan of learning, I have to say that I’d love to have this ability (without all the terrible side effects and murdering, of course).
- This is one of those rare modern films in which Robert De Niro stars that is actually quite good. He hasn’t picked particularly well in recent years, has he? But he’s great here, and gets to school Bradley Cooper a little bit, before being taken down at the end.
What I Didn’t Like
- The voiceover gets a little grating at times, particularly when Eddie is saying stupid things (there’s one bit where he says something about ingesting and digesting that is super uncool).
- It’s one of those films that I enjoyed while I was watching, but have no desire to ever watch again.
*At least not until I had a recent dream about him in which he was totally flirting with me.