Gimme that Pill!!!
Limitless is more of a comic booky type movie than it is anything else, which I enjoyed. Watching the trailers, I was going in expecting some basic story very similar to the horrendous Senseless. Instead, you get blue, white collar villains, love interest, and a cool main protagonist. I say protagonist and not hero because this guy is kind of jerk and does nothing to use his brain power to really help mankind. A lot of the trippy looking visual effects are really good, like a toned down Crank effects feel. The pacing in this movie is fast and excellent.
Sorry, Ryan Reynolds. There is no one who can the perfect douche like Cooper does; he perfects the role. Also, what makes him even better is that, watching Midnight Meat Train, he can play non-douche roles very good, as well. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I'll say it. Good job, Robert Deniro. Even though you were tremendously, undeniably miscast, you did a good job. Bra-freaking-vo. However, your role was well written, so no big fist bump on that note. Seriously, what happened to this guy making the transition from acting to directing. Was The Good Shepherd that bad. I thought I said I didn't want to see you anymore after Righteous Kill. Then what do you do. You make things even worse and put yourself in a now-mediocre Robert Rodriguez flick. Machete was semi-decent, but you should not have been in that movie. Especially, when you kill Jeff Fahey. No one kills Jeff Fahey. Why? Because Jeff Fahey kicks ASS. "Now that's a rump-roast". I've said my peace, back to Limitless. SCREW YOU DENIRO!! Okay, now I'm back. Andrew Howard, the main antogonist, is great as a Russian mobster who is constantly harassing Cooper's character throughout the movie. Backing Cooper into a corner, he becomes in possession of the pill and transforms from a seven layer thug loser into a super GQ genius of thuganomics. I enjoyed watching these two guys play off each other.
The unnecessary action scenes is an serious downfall. Not only are they unnecessary, they 're insufficiently directed. Looking at his filmography, Neil Burger doesn't have any experience with shooting action. So, why do it for a movie that doesn't need it, because the fast pacing could make up for anything. There was this chase scene with Cooper's girlfriend and an agent who was involved with the pill manufacturing, traveling the city limits with his 'menacing' butter knife, and it was so awful and so useless. With that said, I could have passed with that until the scene of the conclusion between Cooper and Mr. GQ of Thuganomics. It was very disappointing. Just a basic thrown together conclusion that sunk this ship. Strangely enough, near the end the movie gets back on track and delivers a great ending, but by then, it kind of became confusing jumping back from the pointlessness version of the movie. End credits and a little pause, my lasting impressions. Limitless, a movie that had potential to be a fun,cool comic book flick, but because of the incompetent directed action scenes and the oversaturation of antagonists, mainly speaking of the butter knife dude, instead of being limitless, this movie was pretty limited.