Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro is nothing but excitement from the first moment on. The cinematography and the scenes where it seems like you’re flying through Manhattan are really captivating, dizzying and feel very real. The effects are great, and when you add in a really interesting and compelling story, a fair amount of movie violence and some adult themes, you have a really good thriller.
Cooper plays a sloppy, aimless, relatively ambitionless writer. He’s the kind of guy you just want to grab and shake and say “shape up” because even at his lowest point, you just know this guy could make something of himself. Trouble is, when we meet him, he doesn’t have a clue. A chance encounter with his drug dealing former brother-in-law introduces him to the pill that in 30 seconds, taps him into brain power he never had before. Suddenly, everything he ever heard, read or saw is accessible. Learning is a snap. His eyes are open. Of course, Cooper wants more. When he finds his former brother-in-law murdered and learns that brother-in-law’s former customers are all sick or dying, things really heat up. There are plot twists and turns and a lot of suspense.
The entire audience erupted at many of the revelations that Cooper dredged from his memory, and you’ll want to be especially alert when he remembers Bruce Lee. My friend and I were pretty sure this wasn’t going to be “our kind of movie” but we were captivated right along with the rest of the audience from beginning to end. You know the movie’s “working” when revelations bring collective gasps all over the theater.
The movie earned a PG13 rating for violence and drug use, although the only drug depicted was the completely fictitious “NZT48.” DeNiro gives his usual stellar performance, but no one outshines the magnetic Mr. Cooper. Even at his scruffiest, there’s something about this guy that you can’t look away from. Abby Cornish gives a convincing performance as Cooper’s on again-off again girlfriend.
I felt the movie and the character “sold out” a little at the end but I have raved and ranted many a time about the endings of movies and this one did wrap up almost all of the loose ends. I won’t give away the entire plot here so I won’t debate the one point that bugged me.
In spite of one loose end, I still give this one 5 stars for being a really great thriller. It’s an edge of the seat movie where you should take a friend with you just so you have someone to turn to so you can whisper “Wow! Did you see that??” You’ll say that a lot.