Limitless: A film that goes nowhere

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A review of Relativity Media's "Limitless" staring Bradley Cooper

By Becca Owsley

A guy takes a pill that helps him access all of his brain to be able to think quickly, react on instinct and remember everything he’s ever read or seen in his life.

Sound familiar?

Bradley Cooper’s “Limitless” is a dumb down, less sophisticated and almost actionless version of television’s “Chuck.” Also, I might note, not nearly as funny.

The concept is still the same. While Chuck downloads the “intersect” to make him an all knowing, super fighting, mega spy in Chuck Taylor sneakers, Cooper (“The A-Team”) takes a pill that makes him a stock market genius who finagles his way to the top with tricks he has learned to beat the system while throwing in some martial arts along the way.

While the trailers promise a thrilling action flick, “Limitless” is nothing of the sort. The story drags and lacks direction. Some parts of the film seem to direct it towards a film with intrigue. At other times it seems like they were attempting to make “A Beautiful Mind” except with drugs and no schizophrenic delusions.

By about 45 minutes into the film, I realized if I were watching it on television, I would have flipped the channel 40 minutes before.

Cooper is not ready to carry a film on his own. He does well in ensemble goofball comedies or action films but not as the sole headliner in a film. He recites a lot of lines but doesn’t really act well while he’s doing it. His characters isn’t really likeable and audiences might not become attached enough to care what happens to him the length of the film.

Robert De Niro (“Little Fockers”) must have lost a bet to be in this film, and he doesn’t even get to whack anyone during his time on screen.

Abbie Cornish (“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”) and Anna Friel (“Land of the Lost”) attempt supporting roles in the film. “Attempt” because there’s not much of a film there to support.

“Limitless” falls in the long line of films that might have started out with a good idea and then never went anywhere with it. There really isn’t much to it.

Long stretches of Cooper coming on and off the drug are broken up with a few violent murders. Too many characters are introduced without filmmakers creatively connecting the dots between them.

“Limitless” is a definite miss. I give it one out of five stars. Don’t waste your money on this one.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.


Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language
Release date: March 18
Runtime: 105 min
Rating: one out of five stars


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