Limitless

Limitless

Limitless

An action-thriller about a writer (Bradley Cooper, The Hangover) who discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.

Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra's (Cooper) rejection by girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish, Bright Star) confirms his belief: he's a loser. But an old friend introduces Eddie to 'MDT', a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident than any man alive. Now on an MDT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddie's read, heard or seen is instantly organized and available to him.

As the former nobody rises to the top of the financial world, he draws the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), who sees this enhanced version of Eddie as the tool to make billions. But brutal side effects jeopardize his meteoric ascent. With a dwindling stash and hit men who will eliminate him to get the MDT, Eddie must stay wired long enough to elude capture.

2011Rating: M, contains violence, sexual references & offensive language105 minsUSA
ActionAdaptationThriller
Director:
Neil Burger ('The Illusionist', 'Interview with the Assassin')
Writer:
Leslie Dixon
Cast:
Bradley CooperAnna FrielRobert De NiroJohnny WhitworthAbbie CornishRobert John Burke

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Reviews & comments

Limited by a so-so script...

As a fan of director Neil Burger ('The Illusionist', 'Interview with the Assassin', I was looking forward to this. It's a highly enjoyable cerebal sci-fi actioner, but like the recent PUSH and even the not-so-recent JUMPER, this sci-fi was limited by a so-so script that just needed a bit more development. Fun, while it lasted, but leaves you thinking it...

3.0

Good

Write your review here.

3.0

catch me if you can

Nice camera work with special scenes to blast you through the movie. Very nice story with mixture of murder & intrigue to keep you engaged throughout the movie.

4.0

Disappointed!

The idea of a drug that can unlock your potential really spiked my interest. But I have to say I was disappointed. The storyline was boring and didn't seem to go anywhere - it became somewhat repetitive. The cinematography was great - I think it's called fractal zooming - very effective, but that's about the only thing worth commending.

2.0

Pleasantly surprised!

I went along to this movie not really having heard much about it - all I was going on was that Bradley Cooper is a funny guy. And wow, I really enjoyed this movie!! I was a bit apprehensive about the potential violence, but I actually found it funny :D (perhaps I'm just odd...) but yes. Great premise, and GOSH I would love some of those pills... would make...

4.0

consequences!

This movie had a lot of potential, the idea was solid. It started off well having apparent consequences for taking the drug and gaining huge advantages over other people. Its downfall came in the total lack of reconciling these consequences with the main character, he should have felt the pain of such advantages the same as the rest of the people using the...

Awesome movie...

I went to this movie thinking i would hate it, i have to say i was pleasantly surprised, loved it, kept my interest all through,was exciting and enjoyable,appeals to all age groups and both sexes i would think,a must to see on the big screen

4.0

Well, I enjoyed it!

I found this move exhilarating! It was definitely a fun time at the movies! It was one of those movies that are just so "cool!" Okay, I admit there were some moments in the movie where you just wanted to slap your head with your hand - Like when he dropped his last pill... USELESS! BUT otherwise it was a captivating and interesting story with...

4.0

Better than The Adjustment Bureau

I really wanted to give this a 2 and a half stars as it's better than The Adjustment Bureau, but nonetheless still lacking in parts. Solid performances all round, and Bradley Cooper certainly shows he can carry a movie (despite his rather unsympathetic character). There were of course plotholes galore, and the final fight scene had an unnecessary amount of...

2.0

Not too bad

Decent movie with some good acting especially from Cooper. Worth seeing.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The ultimate you-can-have-it-all fantasy -- a pill allowing users to harness 100% of their brain power -- turns into something close to a nightmare for a rags-to-riches author in the propulsive, unexpectedly funny thriller "Limitless." Director Neil Burger ("The Illusionist") and screenwriter-producer Leslie Dixon ("Hairspray") take a joint leap into different genre territory, mixing Tony Scott's dazzle and Martin Scorsese's Gotham darkness, with just a few stumbles along the way...

Total Film

Total Film

press

Drug addiction’s a blast in this slick brain-fable. Beware though: plot holes and underdeveloped characters could leave you with a comedown.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Simple idea cleverly spun out with special effects and a decent cast

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Limitless should be so much smarter than it is.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Fine cast and premise sullied by soulless handling. Frustratingly limited in its power to entertain and engross.

2.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It's a funny time of year. The Oscar bait has all floated downstream, but the North American summer season is yet to open. For a couple of months, the multiplex is awash with all sorts of odds and ends.

Variety

Variety

press

The ultimate you-can-have-it-all fantasy -- a pill allowing users to harness 100% of their brain power -- turns into something close to a nightmare for a rags-to-riches author in the propulsive, unexpectedly funny thriller "Limitless." Director Neil Burger ("The Illusionist") and screenwriter-producer Leslie Dixon ("Hairspray") take a joint leap into different genre territory, mixing Tony Scott's dazzle and Martin Scorsese's Gotham darkness, with just a few stumbles along the way...

Total Film

Total Film

press

Drug addiction’s a blast in this slick brain-fable. Beware though: plot holes and underdeveloped characters could leave you with a comedown.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Simple idea cleverly spun out with special effects and a decent cast

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Limitless should be so much smarter than it is.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Fine cast and premise sullied by soulless handling. Frustratingly limited in its power to entertain and engross.

2.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It's a funny time of year. The Oscar bait has all floated downstream, but the North American summer season is yet to open. For a couple of months, the multiplex is awash with all sorts of odds and ends.

Limited by a so-so script...

As a fan of director Neil Burger ('The Illusionist', 'Interview with the Assassin', I was looking forward to this. It's a highly enjoyable cerebal sci-fi actioner, but like the recent PUSH and even the not-so-recent JUMPER, this sci-fi was limited by a so-so script that just needed a bit more development. Fun, while it lasted, but leaves you thinking it...

3.0

Good

Write your review here.

3.0

catch me if you can

Nice camera work with special scenes to blast you through the movie. Very nice story with mixture of murder & intrigue to keep you engaged throughout the movie.

4.0

Disappointed!

The idea of a drug that can unlock your potential really spiked my interest. But I have to say I was disappointed. The storyline was boring and didn't seem to go anywhere - it became somewhat repetitive. The cinematography was great - I think it's called fractal zooming - very effective, but that's about the only thing worth commending.

2.0

Pleasantly surprised!

I went along to this movie not really having heard much about it - all I was going on was that Bradley Cooper is a funny guy. And wow, I really enjoyed this movie!! I was a bit apprehensive about the potential violence, but I actually found it funny :D (perhaps I'm just odd...) but yes. Great premise, and GOSH I would love some of those pills... would...

4.0

consequences!

This movie had a lot of potential, the idea was solid. It started off well having apparent consequences for taking the drug and gaining huge advantages over other people. Its downfall came in the total lack of reconciling these consequences with the main character, he should have felt the pain of such advantages the same as the rest of the people using...

Awesome movie...

I went to this movie thinking i would hate it, i have to say i was pleasantly surprised, loved it, kept my interest all through,was exciting and enjoyable,appeals to all age groups and both sexes i would think,a must to see on the big screen

4.0

Well, I enjoyed it!

I found this move exhilarating! It was definitely a fun time at the movies! It was one of those movies that are just so "cool!" Okay, I admit there were some moments in the movie where you just wanted to slap your head with your hand - Like when he dropped his last pill... USELESS! BUT otherwise it was a captivating and interesting story with...

4.0

Better than The Adjustment Bureau

I really wanted to give this a 2 and a half stars as it's better than The Adjustment Bureau, but nonetheless still lacking in parts. Solid performances all round, and Bradley Cooper certainly shows he can carry a movie (despite his rather unsympathetic character). There were of course plotholes galore, and the final fight scene had an unnecessary amount...

2.0

Not too bad

Decent movie with some good acting especially from Cooper. Worth seeing.

3.0