Limitless parades as a classy, hip, high-concept thriller.
Sadly, the stylish tics – digital letters falling to the ground as the conflicted protagonist types, rapid jump cuts, and infinite zooms along city streets – can’t disguise the fact that this is a candyfloss affair.
While the concept of a washed up writer (Cooper) being given a pill bestowing him with a super-human IQ is intriguing, the major faults lie in both the lurching tonal changes, and the dependence on visual style over character.
Cooper’s bad-boy swagger very quickly gives way to annoying arrogance, Cornish and Friel are both disappointing footnotes, and even De Niro once again fails to deliver. Most frustratingly, and cannily mimicking the eventual after-effects of the super-pill, the final payoff is ultimately flawed, verging on callous, leaving a rather unsatisfying aftertaste.
Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro