Movie Review: Limitless Blu-ray

What if you could take a drug that made you so incredibly brilliant that you could write a book, figure out the stock market, well basically use all your brain instead of only 20 percent?

Film making 23/25
Video 22/25
Audio 23/25
Bonus Features 10/25
Total 77/100

Limitless

Limitless stars Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra, a writer who just can’t get his book even started but when long lost friend Vernon Grant gives him a pill things change. The drug is called NZT and simply opens up the brain connections and allows an individual to use all his brain instead of the usual 20 percent.

He finishes several chapters of his book and wants more so he tracks down his friend only to find out that he is murdered. After a quick search of his apartment Eddie finds more of the drug and some cash but first has to answer the questions of the police.

After talking to the police and a detective about the murder he leaves and finds the new drug a wide open field of possibilities. Not only does he finish his book but he figures out the stock market and all the ways companies buy and sell to get ahead.

Eddie is soon way ahead of other stock market genius’ and leads the way into a large corporation merger with another fast up and comer. Eddie talks his way into the merger with Carl Van Loon played by Robert DeNiro wondering about Eddie and his meteoric rise in the business world.

Eddie sets up and then misses a couple meetings only to appear later and have all the answers the business men are looking for but one, how is Eddie doing what he is doing. In the end Van Loon finds that Eddie has not only finished a large merger for him but has succeeded in attaining a position in the Senate.

Van Loon offers Eddie more of the drug for favors when Eddie finally makes it to the White House as President but Eddie rejects him. Eddie has found that he can use all his brain without the drug and the side effects that were killing people are no longer a worry.

During the film it turns out that several people on the drug were dying because they ran out of the drug and could not ween themselves off it. Eddie has been using the drugs abilities to think two steps ahead of not only Van Loon but the drug itself and has been having research performed on the drug and how it works.

Limitless is a good film and has a very good story but it does get a bit confusing, you have to keep up with the story or you will miss important bits here and there. The film does a great job with keeping interest and that final just what is the main character going to do with all that power and how is he going to get out in the end.

Limitless does what many movies fail to do, get your interest and keep it till that final scene at the end, the actors and especially Bradley Cooper do a great job at making this happen. I think the film would have been lost without him as he does keep your focus and even if you don’t care about his character you just root for him anyway.

Limitless comes in great looking video, colors are great and shadows are that great mix of dark with enough definition to make things look good at night scenes. The film takes a lot of liberty with the subdued tones of Eddie’s normal world and the clear crisp colors of the enhanced, on the drug, world make a stark contrast.

I did not have any problem with this technique but it is not all that noticeable unless you actually look for it, sorry I spoiled this bit if you didn’t catch it. Audio sounds great, a definite top rating for the lossless DTS-HD Surround Sound 5.1 track and the great use of both surround sound and those small details.

Audio comes in loud and clear with those little things like ice skates or street sounds in city scenes being spot on and sounding great. Audio is clear and crisp for voice and everything including surround works very well, almost perfectly.

Bonus content is a mixed bag of decent audio commentary and a not so great making of feature along with an alternate ending to the film which is an easy guess as to its ending. Bonus features are about the minimum I would expect for a Blu-ray and is a bit of a letdown for a full length feature film from a large studio.

Limitless is a very good film with some great acting that brings the film out of an average rating and gives some life to the plot and story. I highly recommend Limitless for a rental and if you like it an inclusion to your collection but once viewed it may not hold the same luster as the first viewing.

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