Yojimbo's Movie Review of Limitless

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"Limitless" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/29/14

A down at heel writer is offered a brain-enhancing drug after a chance encounter which seems to be the answer to all his problems, but soon he begins to encounter some adverse side effects that threaten his new life. I must admit, it's very refreshing to see a thriller that touts brain power rather than fire power as a solution to life's problems, and this stylish little indie-thriller initially intrigues with its fairly unique concept. Bradley Cooper convinces as both the directionless loser and suave sophisticate and Robert DeNiro provides some weighty support. It's a shame that when the real drama seems to appear (namely the worrying side effects to the drug and dilemma of financial success versus personal fulfilment) it's so quickly and easily glossed over in favour of a couple of action scenes and a generic twist. Thanks to the watchable performances and pacey direction it's always engaging however, and makes for an entertaining thriller that unlike Bradley, doesn't quite fulfil its promise.

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