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Movie Review: Limitless

Alternate Title: Altered States

Story: It turns out that Limitless actually was quite limited - both in plot and plausibility. That said - it was also a lot of fun after my three week movie hiatus. My good friend Carol suggested it was time to return to the movies and off we went. Yes, she is the same friend who got me to see Hot Tub Time Machine last year (although she will deny that).

Eddie Morra is a loser. He has no job, has not written one word of his book that he has received an advance for and his long time girlfriend is giving him the heave -ho. Like Alice through the rabbit hole, Eddie gets a little pill from a former shady, drug-dealing brother-in-law. The not yet approved pill is called NZT and it promises to enhance brain power to the point where you use 100% of your brain. Too good to be true you might ask? Indeed, indeed. The balance of the film is a fast ride through the altered state of Eddie's mind. We happen upon criminal elements all over Manhattan, bizarre chase scenes, loan sharks, thugs, corporate shenanigans, murder, corruption and of course, politics. Everything but the kitchen sink is in the mix.

There are quite a few laughs. Whether they were intentional or not - I cannot say - but we had some laughs. The film was directed by Neil Burger; written by Leslie Dixon and based on the novel “The Dark Fields,” by Alan Glynn.

Is it worth your time? If you want a 100 minutes of mindless escape - got for it.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THE_hhk1Gzc

Acting: Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra did not do much for me but he sure has pretty eyes. Abbie Cornish as Lindy reminds me of a younger Charlize Theron. Robert De Niro as Van Loon (I loved that character's name) was in fine form.

Trivia: Bradley Cooper was a medallist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University. He had to miss his graduation commencement to film Wet Hot American Summer (2001). Abbie Cornish was voted "Australia's Sexiest Vegetarian" in 2008.

Predilection: None

Critters: None

Sex Spectrum: Implied sex - but none shown on the screen.

Blatant Product Placement: Surprisingly little or none that I can remember.

Soundtrack: Loud

Opening Titles: A fast sequence that begins with the protagonist's precarious situation and ends up at the beginning of the film.

Visual Art: Manhattan is my favorite palette and I got a kick out of seeing how the character's on the run were geographically all over the map.

Theater Audience: Alas, my secret balcony is a secret no more. About thirty others were upstairs with a whole lot of people downstairs (you could hear the laughter every now and then).

Weather: Not a factor.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: The fight scene at the end had us both squirming.

Drift Factor: I looked at my watch after only 45 minutes.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Either

Length: 100 minutes