Limitless, a Mr. E Movie Review

Directed by Neil Burger. Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish.

From Neil Burger, the writer and director of The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones, comes the new action-thriller Limitless starring Bradley Cooper as a man who takes an experimental drug that allows him to boost his brain power from 20% to 100%.

Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra, played by Bradley Cooper, is rejected by girlfriend Lindy, played by Abbie Cornish, which causes his life has hit rock bottom. But, when he happens to run into his old friend and ex-brother-in-law, Vernon, played by Johnny Whitworth, he introduces Eddie to MDT, a designer pharmaceutical that super charges the brain and boosts the confidence. Now charged on MDT, everything Eddie’s ever read, heard, or seen has been instantly organized and available to him. So what’s a guy to do but rise to the top of the financial world? Turning a few thousand into a few million in just days. This draws the attention of the business world and mogul Carl Van Loon, played by Robert De Niro, who sees Eddie as a tool to make billions.

Just as Eddie seems to have it all going for him brutal side effects begin to effect his sanity and jeopardize his meteoric rise. 

Once you get past the miracle MDT drug and its instantaneous benefits and accept the reality of the story your looking at good storytelling that has all the elements and is paced fast enough to keep just about anybody interested throughout. The entire cast did well.

Bradley Cooper is great as the good looking, eminent hero. From the scraggly writer we see in the beginning to the super sleek, genius he becomes his performance is both believable and entertaining. Now, as far as Robert De Niro goes he’s been around so long and done so much that he could sit silently on film and just stare into the camera and get a good review. Here he did a little more than that so we’ll have to give him good marks.

All-in-all Limitless is an entertaining, good time that’ll leave you satisfied in your movie watching experience. I give it a big 3 out of 5 stars.

About Mr. E

"Mister E". (I guess it could also stand for Entertainment?) I'm an avid movie lover and the weekly movie reviewer for the Daily Miner, a local newspaper, I have an entertainment column in the Las Vegas Examiner, and post all my reviews online exclusively at MovieFilmReview.com whose responsible for emailing them out to an ever growing list of subscribers that is well over 12,000 and counting.

11 Responses to “Limitless, a Mr. E Movie Review”

  1. TomJacobs says:

    Nice review man, i particularly liked the part about DeNiro being able to stare into a camera and get a good review, so true… I think his face alone is a performance in itself. i have a limitless review if you want to check it out, plus i’d appreciate the feedback. Keep up the good work.

  2. Jsand says:

    This movie was incredible. While I was watching this movie i notice that there was lots of change in the movie. Sometime the movie had suspense, action lots of action.

  3. Matthew Kane says:

    The best advice I ever heard for reviewers is to never get caught up too much in compartmentalizing your work. That’s to say, don’t state: “here are the characters, now here is the premise, now here are some plot points, and now here is my evaluation of it.” By going to IMDb.com or RottenTomatoes.com, readers are given compact loglines of movies that tell them just about all the synopsis necessary. Especially when working on the web where the aforementioned sites are one click away, it’s in your best interest to “tell the story through your own voice.” I don’t mean that you should “rehash” it, but to relay it with commentary.

    Your review spends a lot of time doing the filmmaker’s job and not the film critic’s job: telling the story. The really good writers will give you enough to feel compelled to read more, but not so much that it is bogged down in relaying what happened. Criticism isn’t a substitution, it’s an informed evaluation, hopefully with some unique flair or insight.

    Give us more of why you felt the way you did. Your bit about DeNiro that was commented on earlier was a nice touch, but could have come in earlier when you introduce his character’s place in the film. (Reviews need little treats for the reader sprinkled about them to keep interest involved.) You said that Bradley Cooper is great, but used only stock terms like “believable and entertaining” to describe his performance. What made him believable for you? Was it that Bradley Cooper just looks classy in a suit and an expensive haircut? Why did you find him to be entertaining? Did he have good comedic timing? How does his turn in “Limitless” compare with his roles in, say, “Wedding Crashers” or “The Hangover?” I’d say that his wiseass pedigree from other films worked wonders here.

    You’re on the right track. Keep workin’ at it, and don’t be afraid to let your voice flow through your words. I look forward to reading your next piece.

  4. Mr. E says:

    First, thank you for your feedback. Its nice when someone takes time
    out to really read an article. I write this way because honestly most
    readers don’t want some long, wordy review that’s critiquing every
    element. (Actually, my newspaper editors limit most movie reviews to
    400 words.) In my experience, what they want is to trust that if you,
    the critic/reviewer, say somethings is worth seeing then thats it. So
    they’ll read someting you wrote that they’ve seen and see how your
    tastes line up with there’s or they’ll take your word on a film, go
    see it, and then if they feel you were right then they’ll return and
    be a faithful reader. Why do you think “two thumbs up” worked so well.
    Plus, like the format of a tv show, when you get steady readers of
    your column(s) they tend to become familiarized with the format and
    its consistency and find comfort in the formula. But, back to your
    point, I can admit I get lazy sometimes and just go with a general
    word or so when I could of used a zinger but even on that note keeping
    it simple is the best rule of thumb I can think of. Best of luck to
    you as well. I am going to click over and read some of your stuff to
    return the favor!

    PS. After re-reading this review I can admit its not my best, a bit choppy. But, to my defense, I did pound it out at 10pm to have ready for a morning deadline. Thank god for editors!

  5. Matthew Kane says:

    What publication do you write for? I’d be interested in checking it out.

  6. Mr. E says:

    Sure. If you check my main page you’ll find I write for the Kingman Daily Miner, the Las Vegas Examiner, and then upload full reviews here. (Mainly because this site is cool enough to email them out to 12,000 +/- subscribers and growing plus the reviews here get on google fast! And The Godfather rocks!) Finally I tweet short reviews on twitter that link to my Examiner page. I have written in print for small free papers like the Las Vegas Recycler but not so much lately.

  7. Matthew Kane says:

    Thanks! I’ll be keeping up on these. That’s awesome that you’ve gotten some work doing what you love.

  8. J.C. Simpson says:

    good review, and I agree with Matthew Kane on this, it is great that you are living your passion.

  9. Mr. E says:

    Thanks JC you Rock as always!

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