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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Robert De Niro
Bradley Cooper
Abbie Cornish
Anna Friel.
Directors
Screenwriters
Leslie Dixon.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Limitless
Pills, thrills and serious headaches


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Plot
A struggling writer (Cooper) discovers a top-secret drug with brain enhancing qualities, which bestows him with superhuman abilities.


Review
Limitless
Wannabe writer Eddie (Cooper) is heartbroken, broke and blocked, until a friend slips him an experimental smart drug, transforming him from scuzzy loser into Hello!-retouched genius. Yes, it’s a Faust for the pharmaceutical age – an uglified Anna Friel pops up as a burned-out former addict – and Eddie soon finds himself haunted by blackouts and hunted by bad guys. Burger (The Illusionist) and Cooper both have enormous fun with the daft material, and it’s good to see De Niro on form, as a billionaire on the trail of Eddie’s secret. With a touch of Scott Pilgrim’s enhanced visuals and tongue firmly in cheek, it’s smart, stylish and entertaining – like Fincher’s The Game on crack.


Verdict
A loopy joy from start to finish, Bradley Cooper proves that he's the real deal.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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Average user rating for Limitless
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2 stars at best

Do not trust any review where the reviewer uses the phrase "...like X on crack/acid/speed". The application of this hackneyed and useless metaphor was supposed to have died out around the mid-90's and is a dead giveaway that the reviewer is much less enthused about the movie than they are letting on. I doubt I'm wrong about that as this is not a great film by any measure. The last half hour especially is an insulting shambles. De Niro on form? By doing what, exactly? ... More

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Posted by lexter at 00:25, 25 March 2011 | Report This Post


Slick, Stylish Thriller

I enjoyed this film and wasn't bored at any point. I like Bradley Cooper and he does well here as a leading man. I think 4 stars may be pushing it a bit. There were times where the plot felt rushed, certain aspects weren't given enough attention and the ending had no impact at all. But a it's definitely a solid 3 star film that would make a good saturday night cinema trip. ... More

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Posted by ohdaesu at 17:50, 23 March 2011 | Report This Post


I was going to comment on the movie, and was going to try and make it shorter than the review.... so here goes.... average. phew, only just made it! ... More

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Posted by shitneck at 17:03, 22 March 2011 | Report This Post


I'm glad this has been given four stars. I've not seen it however, it looks good on the trailer and it's one of those films I really want to be good. However, for a 'film of the week' review, it was a bit brief. A bit more detail would've been nice. ... More

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Posted by evildave69 at 10:37, 22 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Limitless

Cooper is brilliant. Hope to check this one out within the week. ... More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 22:44, 21 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Limitless

"Like Fincher's "The Game" - on Crack!"   Now there's a poster quote if ever there was one!!! ... More

Posted by Discodez at 16:57, 21 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Why do I know nothing about thi?

4 stars might be a bit too much but it's well worth checking out. ... More

Posted by Woger at 16:32, 21 March 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Why do I know nothing about thi?

Saw this on Tuesday. Was not bad. Cooper was fantastic, but there was a lot of under written stuff, and the plot was sometimes convulted. Not bad, though. ... More

Posted by nhassell at 13:54, 21 March 2011 | Report This Post


Why do I know nothing about thi?

Only saw the trailer for this yesterday, talk about under the radar ... More

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Posted by BethN21286 at 09:58, 21 March 2011 | Report This Post


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