Friday, April 1, 2011

Limitless

You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, or at least that's what authors tell us. Well, motion picture directors would want you to not judge their films by the trailers or posters. Limitless is one of the few recent films to deny the misconceptions from its efficient marketing.

It's sold as Bradley Cooper gets smart drug fix from Robert De Niro then must defeat him through a series of cat and mouse games. In actuality Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is a struggling writer/slob who acquires a drug called NZT-48, a pill that allows him to recall everything from the briefest of encounters. In minutes he is transformed from a guy no one could believe has a book deal to a man no one can do without. Door opens, too many doors really. Eddie's problem solving solutions end up fanning the flames of questions around him, and before long it seems that everyone in the city is after him. The intricate dynamics that weave this trail of lies is the best since Match Point (2005).


Enough cannot be said for how amazingly brisk and refreshing the production comes across. Nearly every scene has at least some artistic appeal. This is one of the more attractive films I've seen using the Red digital cameras and I have to give the colorist some praise for the warm palette used to show the influence of NZT-48. Thanks to the mind-altering plot, Limitless is one of the fewer movies where extravagant transitions make sense. Limitless has such a breathtaking pace that you aren't going to find the time needed to nitpick. Some of the action at movie's end is resolved with little plausibility, but it's too much fun to attack.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for giving me more of a reason to see this! Everybody keeps saying how great it was, and I really like Bradley Cooper, so I was hoping it'd turn out well.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I'm interested now!

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  3. This movie was actually really good... surprisingly good.

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  4. i like the premise, i kinda want to see it

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  5. Not to sure about this one. Bradley Cooper is cool but... meh.

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  6. A friend of mine is dying to see this. I think we might go sometime next week now, thanks for the review.

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  7. I really want to watch this movie, from what I heard everyone seems to say it's good. I must look into this

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  8. This one didnt seem to interest me, may check it out on dvd when it comes out

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  10. Im thinking about watching this with a friend of mine.

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  11. Thanks for the re-assurance. My girlfriend said it was going to be stupid and we actually came out loving it. Very great plot, and very well executed by the actors.

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  12. I got a blowjob while watching this flick...from the dude who sold me popcorn.

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