This is one of those movies I’ve been wanting to see and not wanting to see. I knew the main character was going to annoy me at some point, because it always seems with great fortune goes common sense.
In Limitless Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a writer in the barest sense of the word. He’s got an advance but nothing is on the page and hasn’t for a while. He’s also failing at his relationship, paying his rent and pretty much doing anything productive. Whatever spark he may have had before has dulled out. One day he runs into his ex-wife’s brother Vernon an ex-drug dealer now working for a pharmaceutical company. Wanting to help Eddie out of his downward spiral he offers him a pill, NZT. This isn’t your average increase your energy and focus pill but one that promises to help you access that 80% of your brain you don’t normally have access to. Eddie after a little bit of debate takes it and it’s like someone turned on all the lights in his life. He’s suddenly a new man, writing, cleaning his hovel of an apartment, picking up information faster than before, faster than can be believed. Unfortunately the pill effects only last 24 hours. So he goes back to Vernon for more and that’s where our adventure starts.
What I really like about this movie is the visuals, they way they distinguish when Eddie is on and off NZT without telling you. Also how they show him processing information using floating words and other special effects. At the beginning it feels that this movie is going to be very formulaic, with Eddie not even bothering to hid all his new found knowledge, instead acting like a first time high roller in Vegas. Of course he going to fall, otherwise what’s the purpose to the movie. However, the fall is not the end of the movie, it’s just a part in a twisting tale that becomes a little more complicated than you are led to believe in the beginning.
I wish they had put more effort into the twisting of the tale and definitely more into the ending which I found a bit flat. I think the problem with this movie is that it can’t decide if it’s wants to be a thriller or not. It could’ve been or it could’ve been a good drama but in the end it just kinda floundered.