What would you do if you could use 100% of your brain? That’s the dizzying prospect facing Bradley Cooper’s struggling writer Eddie Morra after an old friend slips him a pill of NZT, a revolutionary – but dodgy – new brain-boosting drug in the mind-blowing action thriller Limitless.
“Enhanced Eddie” can now master foreign languages in a day, charm New York’s most beautiful women into bed and make gazillions on the stock market. A handy feat that brings him to the attention of Robert De Niro’s mega-mogul, who wants his talents on board to help broker an even more mega corporate merger. But there are thugs at large who will stop at nothing to get hold of Eddie’s stash of NZT – and he’s just discovering its nasty side effects.
Director Neil Burger (maker of terrific period mystery The Illusionist) delivers a fast-paced, hugely enjoyable thriller. The premise is far-fetched, of course, but not too far beyond the bounds of scientific possibility to trip up the plot. Burger does a dazzling job of conveying Eddie’s supercharged mental capacity – when Eddie’s pepped-up on NZT the images really zing – and Hangover star Cooper hits just the right balance of cockiness and charm to ensure we’re still rooting for him when things turn bad.
On general release from 23rd March.