“Limitless”: A Thriller That Makes You Think

Bradley Cooper expands his mind in “Limitless.”

First things first: Bradley Cooper. Three straight hunk movies.

I ain’t apologizing.

Sidebar: But I would like the AMC Theaters to apologize to me for upping the price of its lovely before-noon $5 matinees by a buck. Could be a movie-budget breaker for us.

The sky seems to be the limit for Eddie Morra.

Now where was I? Oh, yeah, Bradley Cooper. He’s the protagonist in “Limitless,” a thriller that makes you wonder what you would do if you were offered a drug that allows you to access 100 percent of your brain 100 percent of the time. Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a struggling writer who is down on his luck . . . until he reconnects with his former brother-in-law Vernon, who slips him the illegal NZT48.

For the next 24 hours, Morra can focus on tasks, getting them done absurdly fast, and remembers everything he’s ever heard, read, or saw so that he can make genius decisions. He’s able to get more of the drug despite Vernon’s untimely demise and parlays his heightened intelligence into megabucks in the financial world.

Lindy (Abbie Cornish) believes in Morra sometimes.

He even gets his ex-girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) to give him a second chance. What could go wrong? Need you ask?

What are drugs without side effects? And what’s an action-packed thriller without thugs who want the NZT? Morra might believe he’s thinking clearly and 50 steps ahead of everyone (love the camera’s technique of using a wide-angle lens for when Morra initially is wired), but danger lurks around every corner.

Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) challenges Morra to help with a business deal.

Even when Morra helps to broker a huge merger for financial bigwig Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro). Especially when it looks like he’s run out of his magical pills.

“Limitless” does make you think: Would you take a drug like NZT48? Who wouldn’t want to have total clarity instead of a brain that’s jumbled with so much useless information that it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. It’s very tempting!

But with my middle-aged stay-at-home-mom ADD, I’d forget I even had the pills!

Sidebar: “Limitless” is rated PG-13; it’s definitely not for younger teens, though.

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