With his writing career dragging, Eddie Morra finds his life turning around after he takes a drug that provides astonishing mental focus.

Year: 2011
Certificate: 15
Director: Neil Burger
Starring: Robert De Niro, Robert John Burke, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Tomas Arana, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Bradley Cooper, Darren Goldstein, T.V. Carpio
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What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?

Science tells us that we have yet to use the full capacity of our brain. What capacity that is I don’t think anybody really knows. Films and TV shows over the years have told us we only use 10% or in the case of Limitless, even 20% of our brain power.

What would you do if somebody gave you the means to use more? 30%? 50%? 100%?

Limitless is a story about Eddie (Cooper). A wannabe author with a book deal just waiting to be fulfilled but every time Eddie sits down at his keyboard his mind goes blank. (This blogger can appreciate how annoying that can be!). He’s got no money, no future and even his ever supportive girlfriend (Cornish) has had enough.
Just as he can see no end to his troubles a chance meeting with his “Art Dealer” Ex-Brother Vernon (Whitworth) changes everything. Of course Vernon isn’t dealing in Art. He can see Eddie is down on his luck and what he offers him is NZT48. A designer pharmaceutical that can make you laser focused and more confident than any man alive.

With NZT48 he can feel everything, hear everything and understand everything. Memories from his childhood become clear as if they were yesterday. He observes everything and processes that information to come to quick and accurate conclusions.

Languages learnt in a week. Musical instruments learnt in days. The saying is true, once you put your mind to something anything is possible and that is especially true when you have NZT.

When Eddie tracks Vernon down to get another dose of NZT it seems he isn’t the only one looking for some. Luckily they only found Vernon and not his stash, which Eddie very kindly takes care of giving him a seemingly endless supply.

Books are written, money is made. Money makes friends, friends make opportunities but when Eddie is put in charge of a multibillion dollar merger things start to unravel. Friends come with enemies and those enemies always want what you’ve got.

What goes up, must come down and the resulting withdrawal symptoms start to make Eddies world fall apart.

It’s hard not to go into further detail without spoiling this film for you but the fast paced setting of New York City and the fast paced direction of Neil Burger (The Lucky Ones (2008)) the film rarely lets up. With twists and turns and a few moments where things become clearer to the viewer, ‘Limitless’ shows us the ups and downs of pushing the human abilities.

If your looking for a good popcorn thriller, look no further then Limitless available now on Netflix.

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