'Limitless: Unrated Extended Cut'
(Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Andrew Howard, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2011 /20th Century Fox)
Overview: Eddie Morra (Cooper), a burnt-out writer, discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100% of his brain’s capacity. He instantly acquires mind-bending talents and mesmerizing visions that bring him big money, beautiful women and limitless success. But his dream life soon becomes a waking nightmare, as the drug’s brutal side effects take their toll and Eddie finds himself entangled with a cunning Wall Street power broker (DeNiro) who wants everything Eddie has… and more.
DVD Verdict: OK, for my money, the opening credits - as much as I get its the characters brain on this drug not being able to control its speed of enjoyment and all that - are so wild that I had to turn away for the most part! It was like being on a rollercoaster ride that halfway through you wanted to get off!
Anyway, that said, our hero Edward (Cooper) has severe writer's block. He has a book contract - which for the life of me I have no idea how he was a) given such a thing in the first place, and b) how he came to think he could write in the first place - yet hasn't written a word, and his deadline is looming. His meal ticket of a girlfriend leaves him over coffee, and so this vagrant-looking man knows he has to come up with a lifechanging game plan - and soon!
By pure fluke he bumps into his ex-brother-in-law, (still) a drug dealer, who offers Edward a clear pill that increases a person's use of their brain by 90%. Simply put, they can recall everything they have seen or read or heard and can correlate it to increase intelligence when put in the position of needing to there and then. No real thinking involved any more, for it al comes to the fore of the mind instantly - and ten fold!
Anyway, Edward loves the idea, needs the idea and so hangs with him to gain some of the pills. The first trouble is that Edward's supplier, his ex-brother-in-law ends up murdered in his apartment (where in a subsequent search Edward finds his stash of pills and a wad of cash, and the second downside is that as the pill wears off you crash - and possible, after long time use, die!
Oh, and 18 hour blackouts can happen too!
So, Edward does all the usual things to make money ie: Wall Street. But he needs more money to make bigger money and so hits up a mysterious Russian loan shark for $100,000. Yup, you know that one's gonna bite him in the ass! Inbetween, Edward must try to balance his life and win back his girlfriend at the same time.
And, of course Robert De Niro in his in-and-out role is an amazing character actor, however his role was one we've seen him play dozens of time - just with less real authority this time. I don't think a man of his stature was fit for this sized rle, in truth. Regardless, I'd definitely recommend this movie. It's exciting and interesting, and I'd watch it again. Anyone who likes sci-fi, thrillers and suspense will want to check this movie out. But don't bother with the Alternaive Ending as it takes away from the one you've just seen 100 fold! This is a Widescreen presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Unrated Extended Cut
Audio Commentary with Director Neil Burger
A Man Without Limits