Wednesday, September 7, 2011


~ LIMITLESS (2011) ~


LIMITLESS (2011) Synopsis / Review / Plot

Edward "Eddie" Morra (Bradley Cooper) is a writer who lives in New York City. He has recently been dumped by his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) in addition to failing to meet the deadline to turn in his new book, which he hasn't started yet. One day, Eddie comes across Vernon Gant (Johnny Whitworth), the brother of his ex-wife, Melissa Gant (Anna Friel). Vernon is a drug dealer, and he offers Eddie a sample of a new nootropic drug, NZT-48, claiming it has the ability for humans to access 100% of the brain's power, as opposed to the normal 20%. Eddie accepts, and, much to his surprise, the drug does indeed work, allowing him to finish his book that excites his agent.
Eddie asks for more of the drug, but when Vernon asks him to go pick up his dry cleaning, he returns to find Vernon murdered and his apartment ripped apart. Eddie calls the police and deduces that Vernon was probably killed by someone who wanted his stash. He finds the NZT and a wad of cash, and uses them to turn his life around. He focuses on trading stocks, initially financed with a loan from a Russian mafia thug, Gennady (Andrew Howard).
Eddie becomes rich at an incredibly fast pace and is soon employed by the powerful businessman Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro). Eddie also gets back together with Lindy. However, he is constantly followed by a man in a tan coat (Tomas Arana). Eddie also starts using more and more NZT, causing side effects to occur: lost time, frenetic activity, and heart palpitations.
Eddie fails to accomplish a task assigned by Van Loon because of an NZT hangover and fears that he might even have killed a woman (Caroline Winberg). He is contacted by his ex-wife Melissa and learns that she had been an NZT addict. Worse, he learns that withdrawal from the drug causes major health and mental problems, possibly resulting in death. She warns Eddie to taper off the NZT before it is too late. Suffering severe withdrawal symptoms due to the post-hangover attempt to quit NZT cold turkey, Eddie begins to feel incredibly sick, and he turns to Lindy for help, revealing his addiction to NZT. Reluctantly, Lindy agrees to retrieve his stash, hidden in her apartment and return it to him at her office.
However, on the way back to Eddie, Lindy is intercepted en route by the man in the tan coat, and it becomes obvious that he is dangerous, as he gives chase to Lindy, killing two would-be saviors as she flees. By phone, Eddie convinces her to take the pill, enabling her to know what to do to survive. Doing so, Lindy makes a bold escape. Though Eddie is saved, Lindy is convinced that he will destroy himself because of NZT and breaks up with him again. Gennady returns to collect from Eddie. In the insuing scuffle, Eddie loses one of the NZT pills which Gennady promptly ingests. The Russian enforcer realizes the effects the drug has and threatens Eddie until he agrees to give him more NZT. Despite Melissa's warnings, Eddie manages his consumption of the drug down to an acceptable level, and then he uses his fortune to hire a scientist to work on reverse engineering NZT, a process that could take years.
Meanwhile, he assists Van Loon on a major corporate merger deal with rival businessman Hank Atwood (Richard Bekins). Before the deal can take place, Atwood falls ill. Noticing the man in the tan coat working with Atwood, Eddie realizes the man's true mission—to steal Eddie's stash of NZT for his boss, whose real illness is NZT withdrawal. The stash is stolen by Eddie's lawyer, Morris Brandt (Ned Eisenberg), who is revealed to also be working for Atwood.
Eddie is followed home by the Russians but manages to kill NZT-driven Gennady by surprise. Then, knowing he needs intelligence to overcome the other two thugs in the house, he laps up what he believes to be the last of the NZT from the deceased Gennady's spilled blood, then blinds one thug, and tricks him into shooting the other one.
In a following scene, Atwood dies, Brandt having kept the NZT for himself. Eddie agrees to work with the man in the tan coat to retrieve his stolen NZT at Brandt's house.
One year later, Eddie's book has been published (titled Illuminating the Dark Fields—a reference to the novel on which the film is based), and Eddie is running for the United States Senate. In the midst of his campaign, Carl Van Loon approaches Eddie with the revelation that he has bought the company secretly producing NZT and that the backroom lab Eddie was financing has been shut down.
Carl offers him an unlimited supply of NZT (admitting that they both know he is headed for Presidency); however, Eddie must use his political position to push Carl's agenda in return. Eddie refuses, claiming that he no longer needs the drug, apparently having had the foresight to have multiple labs working on the NZT, refining it so that he could get off of it without the side-effects, yet permanently keeping the mental enhancements brought about by the NZT.
By touching Van Loon's chest, Eddie can tell that he has some sort of serious cardiac problem. Van Loon looks stunned. Eddie lets him know that with his enhanced thinking, he is already 50 moves ahead of Van Loon, having thought of every contingency, etc., wrapping up their relationship.
The movie ends with Eddie meeting Lindy for lunch at a Chinese restaurant, apparently with their relationship renewed. When the waiter walks by, Eddie stops him and orders in Chinese. Lindy looks at him, surprised, and Eddie asks (with a questionably guilty smile) "What?" as the film cuts to black, and credits.


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