Review: Drugs Can Turn Life Around in Burger's 'Limitless'

In weighty films like "Requiem for a Dream" and "Trainspotting," Hollywood has shown audiences the dark consequences of addiction and the depths that people will sink to when they’re seeking a fix.  Drug use causes life to spiral out of control for the characters in these stories, until they hit rock bottom. 

However director Neil Burger’s tale "Limitless," an adaptation of the Alan Glynn novel The Dark Fields, presents an alternate world, where a pill can completely turn your life around.  The result is a substance far more addicting with equally dangerous consequences.

Things couldn’t get any worse for Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a down-and-out writer in New York City; his novel is way behind, he’s late on his rent, and his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) dumps him.  When he bumps into an old acquaintance, he’s offered the opportunity to try a new pill called NZT that promises to unlock his brain’s entire potential.  Even though Eddie is a bit skeptical, he tries it, since he has nothing to lose. Read More...


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