Quick Hit: A strong showing from its lead, a lack of what could have been great De Niro, and an interesting concept that can’t quite get convincingly conveyed.
a lot to get started with life. But it seems that things are leaving him behind. In a pretty forced plot device, Morra meets up with his former brother-in-law, who introduces him to NZT. Afterwards, Morra uses his newly unlocked mind powers to finally finish the novel he has been writing (like I stated I would like to do), learn a bunch of languages (like I stated I would like to do as well), and basically become Christian Bale’s The Big Short character on Wall Street.
The movie goes on to include some murder drama, some bad guys who are (of course) Russian, and Robert De Niro. Robert De Niro seems to be here only for the check, as he is underused and underdeveloped as a business tycoon. His only use is to move Eddie around to different areas and explain his use and disuse of NZT. Sad, because at times, De Niro is one of the world’s best actors.
The film has some really interesting internal dialogue from Cooper. He shows his ability to make you care about his inner thoughts, even if you don’t necessarily love the story. It seems like films like this he was beginning to learn his acting craft better, allowing himself to be seen for more than just a pretty swagger. This allowed him to eventually get with David O. Russell and go on his Best Actor Nomination Streak. Despite the good acting, the movie has tons of plot issues. Why would a genius be pushing himself into so many corners? Why wouldn’t he be thinking of the possible consequences of his actions? That is something that is truly worth looking into (Note: I guess this is based on a book, and I have reserved it from the library. I can update you on whether Dark Fields is any good or not).
One thing that starts off good in the film but quickly devolves is the use of zoom edits (also called hyper-drive pan), and hallucinogenic-like scenes. But they get really old after being used over and over and over and over. The best films can use different effects to their advantage, but when you overuse anything, it becomes boring.
Language is another interest (I hesitate to declare it a passion) of mine, but after college I haven’t done anything besides read to my son a few words from My First Spanish Word Book. If I could unlock more of my brain, would I be able to accomplish some of my interests? In response to my own question, I’ll posit this:
1). First, all the research I’ve read is that the brain is recording and filtering an extraordinary amount of information at any given time. The reason that it filters out so much is that our conscious mind cannot possibly handle that much information and make choices. Some people have stated that taking hallucinogens is simply turning off some of that brain filtering ability.
2). I can’t say that with an increased brain ability that I would accomplish those things, and here’s why. I’m a person that would thirst for more knowledge. If I learned a language, I’d be dissatisfied if I didn’t learn another. If I finally took the opportunity to learn how to fence, I’d need the time to focus on practicing, and want to learn more. My problem would be simply this – I’m interested in too many things, and would never have the time in this life to learn it all – Faust indeed
I’m going to give Limitless a “B-", probably just because I liked the concept.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"