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WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH A 4 DIGIT IQ?
March 15, 2015
"Limitless" has all the compelling drama and immersive storyline of any of the recent big budget scifi blockbusters, and does it with about a thousandth of the special effects. The effect of the tech on human lives is at the core of all the best scifi, and this movie minimizes the scifi and maximizes the story of Morra's (Bradley Cooper) awakening. There have been a few movies made about the double-edged sword that high IQ can be (Little Man Tate, A Beautiful Mind, Charly, and even Back ToThe Future) and ' Limitless' seems to borrow from them all. Morra can see patterns in data on a computer monitor that his mind is adding to it, and sometimes the data he's juggling in his head seems to be projected on the walls of the room he's in. Similar to the plot of 'Charly', the increased intelligence can go away, also, but in this film, when Morra slides back to his mundane (but reasonably intelligent yet self-sabotaging} mind, it is portrayed as leaving him in situations he embarrassingly no longer understands, rather than a heartrending return to relative darkness. After all, he could get back in the cockpit thirty seconds after taking another pill, and that's just the inefficient, slow digestive method, as he comes to find out.
DeNiro plays a very bright and deeply savvy Wall St entrepeneur, and plays it convincingly. I've been slowly getting over my automatic expectation that, whenever he smiles, he's about to personally blow someone's kneecaps off, but in this film he uses his skills to instill fear as only a hardened, crooked multi-millionaire can. De Niro danger is there, but he's also very cunning.
The film leaves a few questions open at the end, which would fit nicely with a sequel, but IMHO maybe the rest of this story should be left up to our imaginations. If a sequel got made, I wouldn't be able to stay away, though. Something about watching a regular guy learning to control his new "4 digit IQ" is very addictive, and we should all perhaps feel lucky that, like with Jim Carrey in ' The Mask ', it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.