44- Limitless [4.5]

An aspiring author Eddie Morra is suffering from chronic writer’s block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets as long as he keeps taking the untested drug.

Narration is somewhat looked down upon in screenwriting. Like most forms of writing, the rule of “show, don’t tell” is fairly important in a screenplay. The narration in Limitless is one of the bigger abusers of the device I’ve seen, as no insight whatsoever is given from it. Furthermore, just because a film has a sci-fi bend doesn’t mean the audience needs their hand held throughout the runtime, especially when the material is as straightforward as it is here.

With the exception of one scene in which he elevates the material, Robert de Niro mostly sleepwalks through Limitless. Though the premise is intriguing, you’d likely have a longer discussion on Bradley Cooper’s wig from the first act than the content of the film.

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3 responses to “44- Limitless [4.5]”

  1. rtm says :

    Cooper wears a wig in this movie?? Hmmm, I’ve never been interested to see this but your review makes it sound like it’s not even worth a rental. Yeah, I hate it when filmmakers think we’re so darn stupid to understand the plot that they over-explain everything. That’s why I like Nolan as he doesn’t do that even with his more complicated storyline.

  2. CMrok93 says :

    Pretty good film! I liked to see Cooper handle a lead role and do it so well, and I also thought that Burger’s direction really did help this film in the long run. However, the script could have been way better. Good Review!

  3. mcarteratthemovies says :

    I think I’m the only woman on Earth who thinks Bradley Cooper is creepy and not cute. There’s something very predatory and … Jude Law-ish about the guy.

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