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Limitless (2011)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 18 March 2011 (USA)
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With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100% of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.


Neil Burger


Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
1,851 ( 501)
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Cooper ... Eddie Morra
Robert De Niro ... Carl Van Loon
Abbie Cornish ... Lindy
Andrew Howard ... Gennady
Anna Friel ... Melissa
Johnny Whitworth ... Vernon
Tomas Arana ... Man in Tan Coat
Robert John Burke ... Pierce
Darren Goldstein ... Kevin Doyle
Ned Eisenberg ... Morris Brandt
T.V. Carpio ... Valerie
Richard Bekins ... Hank Atwood
Patricia Kalember ... Mrs. Atwood
Cindy Katz ... Marla Sutton
Brian Anthony Wilson ... Detective (as Brian A. Wilson)


An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100% 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 enough ... Written by Relativity Media

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It can solve any problem. It can unlock your potential. But once the world is yours, everyone wants a piece. See more »


Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


In a rare move, writer Leslie Dixon sold the screenplay for the film under the condition that her script would not receive rewrites from any other screenwriter. See more »


When Eddie jumps off the cliff into the ocean, it is the middle of the day, but when he returns to the surface of the water, the sun is setting. See more »


[first lines]
Eddie Morra: Obviously I miscalculated a few things.
Gennady: [banging door] Eddie! I know you're in there.
Eddie Morra: [a chainsaw revs up] Why is it that the moment your life exceeds your wildest dreams, the knife appears at your back?
Female Computer Voice: The access code you have entered is invalid. The access code you have entered is invalid.
Eddie Morra: Well, I'll tell you one thing... I will never let them touch me.
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Alternate Versions

An Unrated Extended Cut makes 27 changes for ~1 minute extra run time. These edits were mainly reverts from not having an R rating for the theatrical release. See more »


Referenced in Difficult People: Code Change (2017) See more »


Written by Double-O (as M. Aguilar), Naledge (as J. Evans) and MC Lyte (as L. Moorer)
Performed by Kidz in the Hall
Courtesy of Duck Down Music
By Arrangement with Shelly Bay Music
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User Reviews

'LIMITLESS' definitely has limits but still entertaining.
8 April 2011 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'LIMITLESS': Three Stars (Out of Five)

Bradley Cooper has came a long way from TV's 'ALIAS'. Here he headlines his first major motion picture, taking over a role once filled by Shia LaBeouf (who backed out of the film after hurting his arm in an automobile accident). A film with Robert De Niro playing a supporting player! As a whole the movie is entertaining but nothing great and Cooper's leading man performance is adequate but not spectacular. I think he's better in ensemble pieces like 'THE HANGOVER' and 'THE A-TEAM'. The film tells the story of a down on his luck writer who takes a secret drug which enhances the level his brain is able to function at, making him 'super smart'. It's directed by Neil Burger and written by Leslie Dixon (based on the book 'The Dark Fields' by Alan Glynn).

Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a New York City writer who's recently been dumped by his girlfriend (Abbie Cornish, who has also recently been seen co-starring in 'SUCKER PUNCH'). He's struggling to meet a deadline for a book he's been contracted to write when he stumbles upon his ex brother-in-law (Johnny Whitworth) who offers him a free sample of an unknown pharmaceutical drug called NZT. The drug provides him the ability to use a hundred percent of his brain's full capacity, as opposed to the supposed normal twenty percent, and makes him super confident. When he comes across a full stash of the drug he begins succeeding at everything he had always dreamed of. Then the side effects kick in and he discovers there are others after the drug as well that will stop at no cost to get a hold of it.

The movie has an interesting premise and is played out at an amusing pace but it's full of holes and moral detachment. Without giving away too much I'll just say that if you stop to think about many details in the story they don't really make sense. There's also several things the main character does in the film that are highly morally questionable yet they're portrayed as if they're heroic actions. I also think Cooper isn't quite cut out to carry a film like this and makes the character even a little less likable. With all it's flaws the movie is still somewhat interesting and intriguing and definitely entertaining. It's a mixed bag but worth the watch.

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Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Fields See more »


Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,907,302, 20 March 2011

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2.35 : 1
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