“Better” Living Through Chemistry
Release Date: March 18, 2011
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Neil Burger
Writer: Leslie Dixon
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Months behind on his rent and weeks past his book deadline, Eddie is on the verge of losing his girlfriend, his home and his career. When a chance encounter with his former brother-in-law takes place, Eddie gets his hands on a groundbreaking pharmaceutical called NZT, a pill that opens a human being’s mind 100%. Fueled by NZT, Eddie quickly finishes his novel, learns new languages and gets his life back on track.
Next, Eddie uses his newfound intellect to take on Wall Street. He takes a small loan from a Russian mobster and parlays thousands of dollars into millions within mere weeks. His get-rich-quick techniques garner the attention of major heavy-hitters on Wall Street. Soon, Eddie is working with a broker (Robert DeNiro) on the largest corporate merger in history.
However, Eddie’s life is not completely smooth sailing. As NZT’s side effects, such as massive blackouts begin, Eddie finds himself as the suspect of a murder scandal, the lynchpin of a major corporate take-over, and the target of a Russian mobster who wants Eddie’s NZT for himself. With time, as well as his supply of NZT, running out, Eddie must use all his inexhaustible intellect to get out alive.
LIMITLESS has an excellent idea behind the story – a hard-luck failure gets an opportunity to access endless intellect – yet the plot does not fully deliver on this imaginative idea. As sheer popcorn fodder, the movie is good but not tremendous. Bradley Cooper is very good. He captures Eddie’s full character arc with both charm and intensity. The third act, however, takes a dark, violent turn that takes away from the movie’s popcorn appeal. The final resolution is satisfying, but the violence and immorality ultimately overshadow the outcome.
The movie contains a mostly mixed, pagan worldview with a lot of violence, especially some graphic bloodletting in the final act. It also has some foul language, gratuitous sensuality and a lot of miscellaneous immorality such as lying, blackmail, theft, greed and bribery as well as an overall storyline centered around drug use, the NZT pharmaceutical.
Older, more mature media-wise audiences may enjoy the basic storyline of LIMITLESS, but the movie’s negative content will definitely limit its overall appeal. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution. Please see our CONTENT section for more details regarding the movie’s content.
LIMITLESS has an excellent idea for a story, but the actual plot doesn’t fully deliver on this imaginative idea. Also, though the acting is good, the third act takes a dark, violent turn that takes away from the movie’s popcorn appeal. The final resolution is satisfying, but the violence and immorality ultimately overshadow the outcome. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for LIMITLESS.