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Thursday, March 10, 2011


Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A loser writer (Bradley Cooper) discovers a drug that gives him heightened brain activity as well as the ability to recall any and all information he has ever been exposed to from his entire life. Unfortunately, once you take the drug, you can't stop taking it or your body will deteriorate and you will die. Oh, and there's an extremely limited amount of it going around.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Tomas Arana, Darren Goldstein, Ned Eisenberg

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! Talk about life or death stakes...

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Cocky people are funny... so long as they aren't the star of your hit sitcom.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Cocky people are also sad, because what goes up must come down. But I don't like to think about that, because it defies my medication-induced optimism. And medications are too expensive to defy.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: This deserves an Academy Award for Directing, but will most certainly be overlooked. Why it will be overlooked? Because it's early in the year and at first glance it seems like standard Hollywood fare. Why it deserves it? Because a director's job is to get you inside the mind of the story, and by the time I walked out of the theater, I felt like I had taken NZT.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Like the directing, Bradley Cooper's performance seems straight forward enough, but in fact demonstrates incredible nuance, as he seamlessly switches between a dangerous, know-it-all, drug-induced pit bull and a weak, insecure, natural lamb. And it's not just the intensified lighting of his frighteningly blue eyes.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: At first all the special effects felt a little gimmicky, to me. But once I realized that I was completely riveted by a scene where Bradley Cooper cleans up his apartment, I knew that I had been a fool to mistrust this director's instincts. Team Neil Burger, all the way to the Oscars!

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Leslie Dixon presents interesting twists in such a way that you get to feel smart, because you know what's going on without being told. I love feeling smart. Which is why I've gotta get my hands on some of that NZT... And if that's not available, maybe I could get me a dose of that Charlie Sheen. From what I can tell, the effect of either drug is about the same.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?

A: Limitless Trailer

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Jovone said...

I'm going to see this this weekend. I love Bradley Cooper, but also movies like these intrigues the hell out of me. Your review only helped out more.

Anonymous said...

Doing Script Frenzy in April. Where can I get some of that NZT?

Monique Elisabeth said...

"Where can I get some NZT?" should've been their tagline, because that's what you'll leave the movie saying.

ArtsBeatLA said...

Actually, I found it to be an emphatically anti-drug parable. Yours was a great review - you nailed almost everything (those blue eyes!) except for his sexy poly-lingual abilities.

Oh, and no mention of De Niro?!

Monique said...

I kinda thought De Niro was barely in it. This was really a one-man show in my mind.

JoeC said...

I think this review is affected by the fact that you're a girl and Bradley Cooper is... a really good-looking guy (although to be fair, he looks pretty shabby at first which is a testament to his willingness to subsume his ego to the demands of the role).

I liked the premise of this movie but I thought the execution was poor. I couldn't figure out why that guy gave BC the drug in the first place.

Then the whole DeNiro thing. What was that? Seemed so added-on. And the troubles with the mobster too. If he was so smart, why couldn't he figure out a way to outsmart that guy?

And why hadn't anyone else who had taken it before thought of manufacturing their own supply?

Ugh. I know you got lost in the eye candy, but for me, this movie was a mess (and not a hot one).