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Limitless 2011 ***

Neil ‘The Illusionist’ Burger adapts Alan Glynn’s novel into a hokey but entertaining thriller with an original conceit. Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Morra, an unsuccessful writer who discovers a stash of smart-drugs that give him an apparently unlimited intelligence boost. After cleaning his flat and writing a bestseller, Morra falls under the spell of guru Carl Van Loon (Robert de Niro), and ends up dodging hit-men amidst escalating political intrigue. Limitless gets more than a little silly before the end, but the visual trope that indicates Morra’s head-rush is intoxicating, and Cooper’s easy charm gets a thorough work-out but the increasingly unlikely plot-twists.


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