Limitless Movie Review–A Strange Idea Worth Following
What would you do if you were suddenly a whole lot smarter than you are right now? That’s the basic premise behind Limitless, a copy of which the folks out at Fox sent out for us to review, and it’s a question that has a lot of answers, including more than a few you wouldn’t expect.
Limitless follows Eddie Morra, a writer whose career–indeed, his entire life–has seen better days. Much better days, in fact. He’s burnt out and sinking fast…until he discovers a pill whose existence is kept quite mum. This pill has the power to unlock a human mind’s full potential, and Eddie uses it to the fullest. But when the bill comes due, in the form of horrendous side effects and the drug’s original makers, it just might be enough to kill the formerly limitless Eddie Morra.
Say what you will, this is unique. And uniqueness is one of those great rarities in Hollywood, a town where the best move is most often the one that was mostly already made. And Limitless is an idea that hasn’t been done. Frankly, I can’t recognize any other parallels to this one out there, and that makes it something special.
The idea itself, meanwhile, is a doozy–a smart pill? It’s the kind of thing people have been wondering about since there were pills, and now we’re getting a look at just what that might be like. And a world in which people can become brilliant with the aid of pharmaceuticals is a bizarre world indeed.
This is like the anti-Idiocracy staring us in the face. Instead of a world where the average is brilliant in a world full of dullards, now we’re looking at a world in which people can suddenly become the brilliant average in the world full of dullards.
It’s a wildly complex plot, too, with loads of twists and turns. It’s both science fiction and impressive thriller at the same time, which is in itself a unique prospect.
Frankly, this is one of the better movies I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s impressively written, acted, and done. Robert De Niro’s back in one the best roles I’ve seen in some time, and the whole thing is nothing but a huge shot of awesome. If you like science fiction, crime drama, or thrillers in general, Limitless will be just that, delight without limits.
The end result is that the Screenhead Ten Scale is going to fork over a whopping ten out of ten for Limitless, a unique and very well crafted piece of science fiction thriller that’s all too plausible and beautifully well done. This is definitely one to watch.