Limitless (2011) Review


Limitless (2011)

Directed by Neil Burger

Based on The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn

Bradley Cooper
Abbie Cornish
Robert De Niro
Anna Friel

Running time: 105 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.


My Opinion:

This movie sounds really exciting from that plot synopsis! Well, I was bored. I fell asleep a few times, I think I missed some stuff & couldn’t be bothered to rewind, and I had to force myself to finish it just to say that I had so I could write this fabulous, in-depth review months after watching the movie. πŸ˜‰


Let’s see… What’s good about it? Well, the concept. A pill “that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities”? Sounds intriguing! So, although this sort of “thriller” genre isn’t usually my type of thing, I’d still been wanting to check it out at some point. This movie reminds me a lot of Man On A Ledge. I sort of felt the same way about that one before seeing it. I was like “Hmm. Not usually my type of movie but it’s a great idea & the trailer looks pretty exciting & I’d like to see where they go with the story”. Then the movie totally sucked. Limitless was probably the better film of the two but Man On A Ledge almost became so ridiculous it was fun whereas Limitless stayed serious (and boring). Also, Bradley Cooper kind of annoys me & Robert De Niro’s character felt pointless & he totally phoned in the performance so I’d have to say I preferred that silly Man On A Ledge movie. Plus, I like Elizabeth Banks.



I’m not going to win my argument here but, honestly, if you want to watch a movie where someone uses “100% of their brain abilities”, watch Luc Besson’s Lucy instead. Yeah, a lot of people hated that movie. It’s an odd one. But at least I can say it was not boring. God I hate boring movies! I want to be entertained. Why would I want to waste two hours of my time on a dull movie I won’t remember in a year’s time? (Like how I remember so little about Limitless that I’m successfully avoiding talking about it at all in this “review”! Ha! I need one of Bradley Cooper’s magic pills). πŸ˜‰



I watched Limitless a few months ago. I barely remember it. It clearly didn’t make much of an impression. I reviewed it anyway. This was my review. Go watch Lucy – it’s weird but more fun & you’ll at least remember it a few months later. I squeezed this brilliant “review” out during my 30 minute lunch break. Time management!

My Rating: 5/10

*I dunno – I gave Into The Woods a 4.5/10 and I HATED that so I figure Limitless deserves a higher score than that one even if I don’t remember it. πŸ˜‰


34 thoughts on “Limitless (2011) Review

  1. Nice review! It’s hard for me to believe when it came out in 2011, the theater was absolutely packed for Limitless. The hype was not worth it, unfortunately. For such a creative concept for the pill, I wish the script had been challenged to do the same. Cooper is nice eye-candy but not enough to save the movie.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ Oh good… It’s not just me being picky, then! Yeah – it really should have been much more interesting considering its concept but I was bored… :-/

  2. When this came out I thought no one liked it and everyone was ignoring it. Then, on TV and stuff, it seems to be pretty well-regarded and I assumed I’d misunderstood before. Now… now I don’t know what to think.

    I think I don’t really care enough about it to bother watching it. Bradley Cooper is rather bland, isn’t he? And I say that as someone who actually enjoyed The A-Team.

    • He’s totally bland! I’m not sure why he’s become so famous. Yeah… I remember a lot of people at work saying they really liked this one (after watching it on TV). But work people tend to have bad taste so I shouldn’t have listened. πŸ™‚

  3. I just can’t bring myself to begin watching a movie whose premise has been demonstrably disproved (the “we only use 10% of our brains” myth). 😦 It would be like a movie that was based on seeing the color of the sky as its true pinkish-orangeβ€”not a “what if” / speculative kind of thing, but “hey, you know everyone is wrong about the sky being blue, so let’s make a movie about it.” I hate to say I can’t quite pin it down, but it smacks of the dogmatism of things like stereotypically-awful Christian-rock, or the dreadfully-misguided oversimplification that is “The Secret” (the film of 2006).

    Oddly, the entire movie (or “Lucy”) would be palatable to me if it were simply attributed to an unexplainable occurrence. Which reminds me, I want to go back and watch “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”β€”a 1969 Disney film in which Dexter (Kurt Russell) is mashed up with a mainframe computer and becomes super-smart. I think it will be dreadful to watch, but I feel like I grew up on cheesy pre-1980s Disney … “The Cat From Outer Space” was awesome when I was 8, but holy crap is it awful.

    • Lol! I love how all that turned into The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes πŸ™‚ You’ve made me want to watch that now! I know it’s on Netflix. I never did see it – would be funny to see Kurt Russell so young. Hmm… I wonder if The Secret is on Netflix, too – sounds interesting! πŸ˜‰ Oh, but Limitless sucks. Avoid!

  4. Mutant, you’re the best! The film suuuuuuucks! Plus I really can’t stand Cooper and his over-sized face. He irritates the shit out of me.

  5. I can’t say I remember this movie all too much but I do recall really digging it for a bit. I totally don’t remember De Niro being in it though, so that says something!! Another brutally honest review from T9M! I love it!!!!

    • Lol! SEE??!?! You don’t even remember De Niro being in it! I told you it was totally forgettable! πŸ˜‰ (I do try to be honest… Pisses people off sometimes, though!) πŸ˜‰

      • Oh, I piss people off all the time on DSB. Most recently, I think it was the Jurassic World revivcew. Hah!

      • Yeah, you were pretty rude in that review. πŸ˜‰ lol. Just kidding! I love when people get mad at me when I just state an opinion on a movie (a negative opinion – people seem fine with positive opinions mostly). It’s funny… It really doesn’t bother me whether people like what I like or not (or vice versa). Oh – I’m not referring to your Man Of Steel rant! Hahaha! No, that’s different – that’s passion! I love when someone is passionate about a movie. πŸ™‚ (even if I happen to think it sucked ass). πŸ˜‰ Nothing will ever beat MovieRob’s reaction to a favorite of mine (Hardware). God he hated it!!!!! Lol!

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