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?

“Limitless” marks the fourth feature length film directed by Neil Burger, but it is the first one he did not write.  One has to wonder if he got to see clips of “Black Swan” while making this movie because he borrows some of Darren Aronofsky’s style.  After Morra, or if someone else takes the pill, they then “see” themselves as if they stepped out of their own bodies.  When Burger wrote his previous three movies he had a clear vision of what he wanted to happen since it was his own vision from the beginning.  Now that he has to interpret what someone else wrote, he is thrown for a little loop.  Burger concentrates so hard on the style he is trying to project for this movie that he misses some holes.  To tell what those holes are would be spoiling some of the movie, but you can’t help to realize how some of the subplots are left unresolved.

The acting in this movie is decent, but there are no standout performances.  Cooper’s star has been rising of late with movies like “The Hangover”, “The A-Team” and the upcoming, “The Hangover II”.  This movie is a big break for him since he is carrying the movie.  While Cooper does not blow us away with his performance, he does deliver what is required of him and it won’t be surprising to see him headlining another movie soon.  Robert De Niro also has a role in the movie and he delivers exactly what you would expect of him.

The advance screening at the AMC Theater in Adventura seemed to make more of an impression on people 65-years or older, while the younger crowd seemed to think of it as “Just okay”.  The concept of the movie may have been “limitless”, but it does hit a wall for a movie that had such a high concept.  It is rated rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language