11 December 2011


An odd, but surprisingly compatible pair of actors team up to make, Limitless, one of the best movies of 2011. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in a thriller that ends leaving viewers wanting an immediate sequel. Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a struggling writer that lacks motivation to finish his book. One day Morra runs into his former brother-in-law, who introduces him to a new pill that supposedly helps individuals access all parts of their brain. Although reluctant at first, Morra takes the pills, and decides to give them a try. What follows is a whirlwind of success, addiction, and an eventual decision to enter the running for president of the United States.

One of the elements the movie utilizes to create a thrilling atmosphere is first-person narration. Cooper is the first-person narrator, and is helpful for viewers in understanding his thoughts when he is taking this pill of brain enhancing dynamite. For instance, in one of the scenes Coopers character, Morra, is fighting multiple men in a subway station and doomed to get his ass kicked. The narration says, “I don’t know how to fight. Or do I?” Then, as Morra encounters each man, he recalls instructional videos about fighting, Bruce Lee movies, and other recollections that enable him to successfully dismantle his opponents. The first-person narration makes sense of these recollections by providing a transition into Morra’s flashbacks. The flashbacks show how Morra is able to recall the different times he learned to fight in his life, and apply the lessons he learned quickly and seamlessly.  

The first-person narration gives viewers a constant lens to view the film from the main character’s perspective. The overall experience of the movie is enhanced because of this one, small element. Limitless was one of the most exciting, mind-blowing movies I have ever seen. Only a few movies in my life have done a better job of leaving me with a feeling of wanting more. The end of the movie implies a sequel, and topping the original will be a difficult task.

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