||[Mar. 20th, 2011|03:55 pm]
Movie Reviews: Write them or Read them
Back in the 40's there was a comic book hero called Hourman. What he would do was take a Miraclo pill that would grant him super-human abilities for one hour. Then in the 80's he was revised somewhat so that the Miraclo pill had addictive qualities and he had to constantly worry about maintaining without relapsing. Revise this idea yet again and you have the movie Limitless.
In the movie Eddie (Bradley Cooper) is a struggling writer that gets introduced to a new experimental drug called MDT. The MDT allows the human brain to access its full potential to make connections and think its way out of problems. Unfortunately, it is also addictive and without a consistent supply dangerous. Eddie gets a large stash of the drug and spends the rest of the movie running from people who want it.
There is no better actor for this than Bradley Cooper. He has always come off on screen as a venal pretty boy with a kind of slimy charm and the part of Eddie is exactly that type of character. Cooper does a good job and holds the screen well. Robert De Niro shows up and doesn't have a lot to do in a supporting role, except be De Niro. Abbie Cornish plays Eddie's girlfriend and the only thing notable about her is how much she looks like Charlize Theron.
There is a lot of visual effects that the screenwriter (Leslie Dixon) threw in that show how characters perceive the world when using or abusing and the director (Neil Burger) pulls them off with a creative style. They visually show what is going on in a MDT user quickly and efficiently.
Limitless is a drug parable dressed up as an action film. It mostly works and only after it is all done do you realize there are a lot of unanswered questions. (Like who killed the guy and girl in the first act? And why is the drug being distributed the way it is?) It could make for good after movie discussion, since they only die and exist to give the Eddie character problems to overcome, but it feels a little sloppy.
Oh, and Hourman. . . He was revised yet again as a totally new character of a time traveling robot from the future, but that's like a entirely different movie series.