Sometimes an idea for a movie can start out with a question. “What if a great white shark terrorized a beach town and would not go away?” “What would happen if an alien force invaded the Earth?” “What if there was a pill that would allow you to use 100% of your brain power? What would you do?” The last question is asked and answered in the new movie, “Limitless” starring Bradley Cooper.
Eddie Morra (Cooper) is a bum. Well, not really, but he sure looks like one when we first meet him. He’s a writer, working on his first novel who has not even written one word of it. His girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish) breaks up with him and it looks like his life is going nowhere fast. Until he meets up with his ex-brother-in-law, Vernon (Johnny Whitworth) who gives him a pill that unleashes Eddie’s brain in a way he never thought possible. Eddie finishes his novel in four days and is soon playing the stock market making millions. How long will his pill supply last? Can anyone operate at that speed and not crash? And who is trying to kill him?