Limitless (2011)

What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?

An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination. Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra’s (Cooper) rejection by girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) confirms his belief that he has zero future. That all vanishes the day an old friend introduces Eddie to NZT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident than any man alive. Now on an NZT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddie’s read, heard or seen is instantly organized and available to him. As the former nobody rises to the top of the financial world, he draws the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who sees this enhanced version of Eddie as the tool to make billions. But brutal side effects jeopardize his meteoric ascent. With a dwindling stash and hit men who will eliminate him to get the NZT, Eddie must stay wired long …


Bradley as: Eddie Morra
Other cast: Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish & Anna Friel
Directed by: Neil Burger
Written by: Leslie Dixon (screenplay) & Alan Glynn (novel)
Produced by: Bradley Cooper, Ricardo Del Río, Leslie Dixon, Jason Felts, Ken Halsband, Ryan Kavanaugh, Scott Kroopf, Patty Long, Patrick Peach & Tucker Tooley
Box office: The movie opened #1 in the U.S. with $18,907,302. The total domestic gross was $79,249,455 and the foreign $82,600,000.
Release: March 18, 2011 (U.S.) | March 23, 2011 (U.K.)
Runetime: 105 min
Rated: Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language.

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Character Quotes

Eddie: For a guy with a four digit IQ, I must have missed something. And I hadn’t missed much. I’d come this close to having an impact on the world. And now the only thing I’d have an impact on was the sidewalk.

Lindy: Since when do you speak Italian?
Eddie: Oh, self-improvement month.


“Still, Cooper is surprisingly good as the down-and-out version of his character in the beginning, and as the wildly improved version of himself on NZT.”
Christy Lemire , Associated Press


• Bradley also co-starred in “Silver Linings Playbook” with Robert De Niro.

Awards & Nominations

Nominated People’s Choice Award 2012 Favorite Drama Movie
Nominated Teen Choice Award 2011 Choice Movie Actor: Drama (Bradley Cooper)
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