In the 1970's "Limitless" would have been a B-movie
directed by David Cronenberg (before the mainstream discovered
him) but with science fiction themed thrillers being big
"Limitless" gets the deluxe "A" treatment in ALL aspects
from visuals, acting technique and the script. "Limitless"
doesn't lean heavily on a "message" but it's there along
with the consequences for the characters in the film for
their action. ***
Synopsis and spoilers below: ***
When slacker writer Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper) runs
into his ex-brother-in-law Vern (Johnny Whitworth)Vern opens
a whole new world with the "experimental" drug NZT-48 that,
incredibly, gives Eddie more insight, awareness of his surrounding,
ambition, creativity and brilliance than he could ever imagine
having. He can take on the stock market, deliver that brilliant
first novel that he had his doubts about and make a fortune.
The only problem is that others want the drug as well and
will kill to get it as it isn't exactly legal nor is it
in clinical trials for a variety of reaons as Eddie discovers.
He also attracts the attention of Carl Van Loon (Robert
De Niro)a wealthy businessman who could be a threat to Eddie
as well. ***
Director Neil Burger (The Illusionist (Widescreen Edition))
does a terrific job of envisioning Eddie's world both with
without the enhancement of the drug NZT-48 creating a thoughtful
thriller that avoids being preachy. ---
Image & Sound:
"Limitless" looks extremely good in Blu-ray with lighting,
textures and colors for Eddie's different stages of mind
nicely reproduced--it's a strong representation of what
it looked like in theaters. Audio sounds extremely good
as well with a nice immersive 5.1 lossless mix.