An inventive and entertaining thriller which sees down-on-his-luck writer; Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper) introduced to a strange new pill that activates every synaptic connection, neuron and axon in his brain. The result sees him turn his life around in a matter of hours: Mora completes his long gestating novel in one afternoon, can recall obscure facts in detail and learns how to make a fortune in the business world. But every drug has its side effects and NZT is no different; as Eddie hurtles ever forward like a hungry Shark on speed: upping the intellectual pace by putting intense pressure on both body and mind.
Bradley Cooper ('The Hangover', 'The A-team') plays a likeable loser as well as he does a suave know-it-all and though Robert DeNiro puts in a memorable performance as arrogant fat cat Carl Van Loon, it's Cooper who takes away the lion's share of the film.
Director Neil Bruger ('The Illusionist') does well to tweak the sci-fi leanings within the framework of reality whilst cinematographer Jo Willems ('30 Days of Night') makes good use of filters: blues and grays for normal life, solar flares and neon diffusers for NZT trips. 'Limitless' is high-concept, popcorn moviemaking at its best and makes up for in pace and visuals what is occasionally lacks in logic and coherence. 100 minutes well spent.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Wedding Crashers) stars in this tense thriller from Director Neil Burger (The Illusionist) and co-starring Robert De Niro (Goodfellas, Taxi Driver). Eddie Morra (Cooper) is a once professional, but now struggling, writer whose life has taken a turn for the worse. His lack of creativity has led him into a state of depression. He has a contract for a new book but the only problem is, he hasn't written a single word. To make matters worse, Eddie's long time girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) has just broke off their relationship. When Eddie is offered a new and exciting drug yet to be on the market called NZT, his world is dramatically altered. He finishes his book within a day and all of a sudden he feels capable of anything. NZT opens his mind to many new and attractive opportunities and he soon attracts the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro). However, as Eddie begins to feel more reliant on the drug he starts to question its safety and his life is soon put in danger when a group of ruthless hit-men become aware of the drug and will do anything to get a hold of it for themselves.
Techno thriller, based on Alan Glynn's 2003 novel 'The Dark Fields', starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. When failed writer and loser in love Eddie Morra (Cooper), through a series of convoluted events, discovers the new designer drug MDT-48, his life and outlook are immediately changed. This latest of pharmaceutical concoctions goes straight to work on Eddie's brain power, making him the sharpest thinker on the planet. He has instant recall of everything he's ever learned and uses it to propel himself into the world of high finance, where he attracts the interest of high-powered businessman Carl Van Loon (De Niro). Unfortunately MDT-48 comes with some particularly nasty side-effects that soon make themselves felt and as Eddie's ascent stars to falter, so does his mind. He soon discovers, however, that the paranoia he's feeling is utterly justified and there are dangerous people on the loose who really are out to get him.