Limitless (Neil Burger, 2011) April 26, 2011Posted by Richard Bolisay in Hollywood.
Directed by Neil Burger
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert de Niro, Abbie Cornish
Based on “The Dark Fields” by Alan Glynn
At the center of Limitless is greed. It propels the movie and its main character to establish the fact that human beings, given the opportunity to possess immunity to weakness, are wont to satisfy their selfish ambitions, regardless of their scruples. Of course: there is more to life than eating and getting bigger, but just by looking at Bradley Cooper’s eyes, it’s obvious that no one is exempted from the food chain. What his character does, upon the smallest entrance of hope, is some kind of reflex, a normal reaction to a possibility that opens to many unbelievable possibilities. Greed takes over him because he is made up of greed. He was borne out of greed. His parents are Father Greed and Mother Greed. His siblings are Sister Greed and Brother Greed. The movie, in a way, goes out on a limb to suggest that Eddie Mora is the id that speaks for our natural impulses: avoiding pain and wanting pleasure. Given the chance, we will also end up like him and make the same decisions, travel the same path, and be driven by the same megalomaniac purpose to take on the world and come out meaningless, trivial, and diabolic. But hey, life is short.