New review from The Movie Snob
Limitless (B+). I thought this was a very good Saturday-afternoon popcorn flick. Bradley Cooper (He’s Just Not That Into You) plays Eddie Morra. When we meet Eddie in the opening scene, he’s standing on the ledge of some NYC highrise, contemplating a jump while some Very Dangerous Guys are trying to break into the apartment where he is. He then narrates an extended flashback to tell us how he got into his unhappy situation. Once about a time he was an average joe — a writer with a bad case of writer’s block who had just been dumped by his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish, Sucker Punch). Then he has a chance encounter with his skeezy ex-brother-in-law, who says he works for a pharmaceuticals company and gives him a mysterious pill that he says will make Eddie smart. Scary smart. Eddie’s at the end of his rope so he takes the pill, and it works. He’s new man, and the world is his oyster. Or is it? Is it any wonder that sinister forces and unpleasant side effects start to crop up? I thought it was a good ride.