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action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Science tells us that humans use only ten percent of their brain.When EddieMora stumbles upon a pill that gives him access to the full 100 percent, he thinks he's uncovered the key to living out his wildest dreams.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Story centered on drug abuse sends very iffy messages.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi thriller based on a novel by Alan Glynn stars The Hangover's Bradley Cooper as a man who becomes addicted to a (fictional) drug that enhances users' mental powers, using it to further his own power and wealth. He becomes involved with gangsters and loan sharks, which leads to plenty of violence, including shooting, stabbing, and blood. He also sleeps with many women, and there's language (including one "f--k" and a few "s--t"s) and frequent drinking. Although the movie is rated PG-13, the message -- that drugs can help you overcome problems related to confidence and motivation -- and the lack of consequences for most of the main character's drug-fueled decisions and actions make Limitless a very iffy choice for teens.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays drug use. What are the consequences? Does that seem realistic? If a drug like NZT was real, what do you think would happen to people who took it?
  • How can people find confidence and motivation without the use of illegal substances?
  • Is the movie's violence scary or threatening? How is the violence affected by the idea that the main character is in control of everything that happens?

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3 stars

I'm not sure Limitless (or should I say Neil Burger) knew exactly what it wanted to be. As an anti drug film it excels, should the deprivation that a drug habit can lead to - that is until the end. It is also an interesting Sci-fi 'What if' scenario, reminiscent of a Philip K. Dick story - the possibilities of which could have been endless. In the end, although it is a good film, it is let down by the complete lack of moral (point) at the end of the film, which doesn't feel like it was the intended conclusion and I suspect there might have been some meddling by producers with cold feet. Maybe we'll never know but I think it could and should have been better - it's all down to the last 15 minutes.

- SirPant, Monday, December 12, 2011

2 stars

This real life story of a man who gets hold of a drug that enables one to work to their full potential is watchable enough, but nothing that would make me want it go on limitless. While the director does a fair job with the storytelling, and changing names and maintaining the anonymity of the characters involved, that's not quite enough to fulfill my doze of entertainment. The director gotta take one pill, I guess.

- imrealgod, Tuesday, January 10, 2012

3 stars

Outstanding delivery of a pretty neat idea. Would you take a pill that could help you use 100% of your brain power, even if it made you an addict? The excellent camera work and editing raise this premise high above average, even though the story does not always have the momentum it'd need. However, the ending is satisfying and refreshingly amoral.

- ironclad1609, Friday, August 9, 2013