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Limitless (2011)

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With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

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An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination. Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra's (Cooper) rejection by girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) confirms his belief that he has zero future. That all vanishes the day an old friend introduces Eddie to NZT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident than any man alive. Now on an NZT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddie's read, heard or seen is instantly organized and available to him. As the former nobody rises to the top of the financial world, he draws the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who sees this enhanced version of Eddie as the tool to make billions. But brutal side effects jeopardize his meteoric ascent. With a dwindling stash and hit men who will eliminate him to get the NZT, Eddie must stay wired long ... Written by Relativity Media

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What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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18 March 2011 (USA)  »

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The Dark Fields  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,907,302 (USA) (18 March 2011)

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$79,235,468 (USA) (1 July 2011)
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Near the end of the movie, we see Eddie has written a novel called "Illuminating the Dark Fields," a resemblance to the novel "The Dark Fields" by Alan Glynn, which this movie is based on. See more »

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The basic premise of this movie - that humans use only a small percentage of their brains - is a total fallacy. See more »

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[first lines]
Eddie Morra: Obviously I miscalculated a few things.
Man: [banging door] Eddie! I know you're in there.
Eddie Morra: Why is it that the moment your life exceeds your wildest dreams, the knife appears at your back? Well, I'll tell you one thing... I will never let them touch me.
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Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.150 (2011) See more »

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Lonely Blue Boy
Written by Fred Wise and Ben Weisman
Performed by Conway Twitty
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
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Original and Intriguing Thriller
25 August 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The aspirant writer Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is a complete loser and has been just dumped by his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) that sees no future in their relationship. While walking back home, Eddie meets his former brother-in-law Vernon (Johnny Whitworth) on the street and Vernon gives the experimental drug NZT to him to increase his creativity to write his book. Eddie uses the drug and the results are impressive, increasing his brain capability and he decides to seek out Vernon to ask for more pills. However Vernon is murdered in his apartment and Eddie calls the police, but the finds the NZT hidden in the stove with a large amount of money.

Eddie uses the drug and successfully invests the money that belonged to Vernon, calling the attention of the financial world. Then Eddie borrows US$ 100,000.00 from the dangerous criminal Gennady (Andrew Howard) to increase his own fortune, but Gennady takes one pill by force and uses it. Meanwhile, the powerful investor Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) brings Eddie to work in his team in a merging operation. But Eddie is chased by a stranger and pressed by Gennady that want the NZT, threatening his life.

"Limitless" is an original and intriguing thriller with the story of a man capable to use the full capacity of his brain. The film is full of action and developed in fast pace, with Bradley Cooper's character experiencing ups and downs while using the experimental NZT in a permanent mouse-and-cat game. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Sem Limites" ("Limitless")


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