The 2011 thriller “Limitless” from Relativity Media was directed by Neil Burger with the screenplay written by Leslie Dixon based on a novel by Alan Glynn. Starring: Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Anna Friel.
Modern science claims that humans use only 20 percent of their brain power, and yet every day we marvel at the inventions and technologies that are produced. So imagine if there was a way to access all of your potential-what kind of incredible things could you do?
Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) calls himself a writer, but he seems eternally stuck in the void with writers block. Things are looking more than dismal as his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) begins to suggest that he call it quits as a writer and try something else.
Totally depressed and wondering what to do, Eddie bumps into an old friend and tells him about his problem. His friend tells him that the solution is an FDA approved drug that will enable him to access his full brain potential. One of these tablets everyday enables Eddie to learn faster and become incredibly efficient. Totally unprepared for the impact of the drug, suddenly the world his oyster and after finishing his novel in four days, he moves on to stock investments, quickly amassing a small fortune.
The results of taking the drug begin to inflate Eddie’s ego and because the drug is legal, he feels completely at ease discussing it with Lindy who now is living the life she always dreamt of with him. But Eddie is unaware of how his success has been observed by Carl van Loon (Robert De Niro) a shrewd business man who seeks to control everyone who he associates with.
Carl is not only curious about Eddie’s abilities, he wants to know how he can access it himself to pull off the biggest merger in history. But the key to Eddie’s success is his daily dosage of the drug and like another other drug there is a downside. For Eddie all of the accelerated brain function begins to create a shadow world of paranoia for him, as more people begin to hunt him down for the drug. Soon his life begins to spiral out of control and into the underworld of crime. With his supply of the miracle drug dwindling, Eddie has to find a way to outwit his enemies or he may lose his life.