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Movie: Limitless (2011)

What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?

Limitless (2011) is an action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100% of his mind based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.

Synopsis from IMDb: Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra's (Bradley 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 (Robert 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...

And here's a good sum-it-all comment from Wikipedia: "What makes the film so entertaining is its willingness to go far out, with transgressive touches and mind-bending images that take zoom and fish-eye shots to a new technical level, as the pill enables Eddie to experience astonishing new degrees of clarity, perception and energy."

Overall, I'd say this is an interesting movie with a very entertaining premise. It makes us think. Like it or not, everyone wants to be somebody. Now the question is, what would you do if you're given the chance?

One thing that I don't like
about this movie is its rather bold ending. This movie ends with the fact that the drug works so well it alters Eddie's brain chemistry to the point where he is practically superhuman. And, Eddie has no intention of stopping his rise to the top.

My point is, human beings should acknowledge the limitations or rather, the downsides of using such powerful drugs (if they do exist). On top of that, human beings shouldn't flaunt at how smart they can be, or worse, don't even have the courtesy to stop abusing them to achieve their own goals.

Well, putting aside humanity issues, this movie is recommended as food for thought.

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