Here’s your first look at the trailer for Neil Burger’s “Limitless”, formerly “The Dark Fields”. Not sure why they changed the title, but I guess it sorta makes more sense since the movie doesn’t look like it’s the dark psychological thriller that I had been expecting. Still, Neil Burger is a good director (he did the underappreciated “The Illusionist” with Edward Norton — go out and see it now if you missed it the first time around), and there are some nice dark touches in the trailer that I dug, though overall, it could have been better. Bradley Cooper stars as a loser who takes a drug that turns him into a good looking and successful winner. Of course, it helps that he looked like Bradly Cooper before he took the drug, too, but just go with it.
Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer’s block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets—as long as he keeps taking the untested drug. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug’s brutal side effects grinding him down, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel and directed by Neil Burger.
Pushing it to the limit March 18, 2011.
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