So I watched Limitless the other day on the advice of good friend. (spoiler alert) It was awesome.
Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper as Edward “Eddie” Morra, explores a world where a pharmaceutical company has manufactured pills that, when ingested, allows the imbiber to use the full capabilities of his or her brain. If we currently only use 20% of our brains, then just one of these pills would allow you to use 100% of your brain power within 30 seconds of swallowing it, and the effects last for almost a day.
What makes this movie exciting for me is the believability of the powers that Eddie is endowed with, not to mention a great performance by the cast. When Eddie takes his first pill, he essentially gains instant access to every single memory that he has. Everything that he has learned, overheard, or glanced at briefly, becomes a strength and an intuition that he quickly begins to realize and exploit. Not only does Eddie have access to all of his memories, including all of the Bruce Lee movies he has ever watched, but he also instantly gains the muscle-memory required to accomplish these feats which he has never trained for.
Eddie’s senses become sharper, and some type of time-dilation occurs which allows him to instantly absorb the smallest details about the environment around him. He becomes intensely motivated to challenge himself by doing seemingly impossible things, like learning to fluently speak new languages in a matter of days. He can mentally profile people he’s just met with great accuracy in a matter of seconds, allowing him to masterfully manipulate people and conversations to his advantage. But the most important “ability” that he gains, in my opinion, is the drive to go out into the world and do something.
You see, before Eddie took the pill, he was an unmotivated, unsuccessful writer with one failed relationship behind him, and another crumbling right in front of him. He was always behind on his rent. He’s had perpetual writer’s block, which prevented him from even starting to write the novel he’d been promising his publisher for several weeks; and even though he’s a reasonably healthy guy, with a place to live (for the time being), he always looked homeless whenever he went out in public. Eddie was a mess before the pill. However, after taking the pill, and given the ability to master his own mind, Eddie was no longer afraid of anything. He could quickly visualize possible solutions to any unexpected situation he was facing, and address the situation with ease. Eddie completely turned his life around and began to accomplish things he would never have dreamed of.
I expect that fear is an element of life that can hold us all back from reaching our full potential, but only if we let it.
Eventually, Eddie figures out how to maintain his newfound mental mastery without the need to take the pills, and realizes that he has the entire world at his finger-tips. However the only thing Eddie wants to do, more than anything else, is share his abilities with the rest of the world so that everyone can experience what it feels like, to be limitless.
It should be obvious that I think Limitless is an awesome movie, and I believe many of you will enjoy it as well.