Tuesday, April 5, 2011

scene it: limitless

After having the last of our company leave on Sunday following two and a half weeks of visitors in our new house, a Monday night date night seemed more necessary than ever. A night at the movies with my man is always exciting, and on a Monday night with the gym being our second option, it was literally a no-brainer to be relaxing in front of the big screen. Limitless, staring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, was our entertainment for the evening and while it may not have been quite what I expected, it certainly had it’s moments which made for a good movie. After sampling a new drug, Cooper’s character, Eddie, is suddenly able to access all aspects of his brain making him increasingly intelligent and able to focus. This in turn leads to a fast paced life of riches and power that don’t seem to come without their fair share of negative consequences (…and a couple gruesome scenes that I could have done without!). It was a creatively captured movie that, while at times had me feeling a little dizzy, was artistically intriguing and both visually and mentally stimulating. And hey, Bradley Cooper isn’t so bad to watch for a couple hours so I can’t complain about that!
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What was probably the most intriguing part of the movie was the premise. What if, like in Limitless, there really was a drug that we could take that allowed us to utilize our entire brain capacity? What if we could access every memory? Use every book we've read or show we've ever seen and apply the information in our everyday lives? It's a scary thought to think how this could be used and abused but at the same time, the positive possibilities really are limitless. I don't know how many times I've watched someone else's amazing abilities and wished I was able to work like them – a great chef on TV or an amazing artist, a powerful philanthropist or a world-class writer. What would it be to like to have an incredible idea and simply see it come to life? To want to do something that once seemed out of reach and suddenly it’s a simple task. But when is enough enough? As Bradley Cooper struggles through the addictive powers of such an intriguing and powerful pill, Limitless demonstrates just how limited the drugs actually made him – making the movie worth a watch if only to get you thinking.

What would you do with limitless intelligence? Have you seen Limitless?

19 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Sounds like you had a busy few weeks. Its always so exciting to have people around but when they finally go home and we have our place to ourselves its so refreshing and calming, isnt it? The movie sounds really interesting and I'm totally going to watch it. Thanks for the recommendation, sweetie and have a lovely Tuesday
Kisses

Kimbirdy said...

the thing is, when you see people with amazing abilities, it's usually because they worked their arses off for years and years, focused solely on that one thing. i read an article that studied "experts" and the number one factor to becoming an expert was having a long-term obsession with that one thing. so i wonder if being able to access all of your brain would make you any better at things, since you'd still have to practice, practice, practice in order to create those neural pathways...

i'm sorry, i'm totally geeking out on this! i have not seen this movie, but i've thought a lot about it because i love studying the brain and my stepmom is a neuroscientist. our conversations get embarrassing! :)

Anna of IHOD said...

I was wondering about this movie. Sounded like such an intriguing concept. I am pretty sure its for the best we don't use all of our brain's capacity though. I am sure God knew we would outsmart ourselves...ha ha!

Will have to see this one!

la petite coquine said...

I haven't seen it, but it's on my list (literally, my Netflix queue is bulging!). I've read quite a bit about the neuro-pathways of musicians, and I admit that when I'm singing an aria, it does feel like I'm using that much more of my brain!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

I haven't seen it, but it sounds really interesting!!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Of course I'm going to be Miss Negative... what is someone BAD used all of their brain? Like, a serial killer or terrorist? That would be horrible. It's certainly an interesting concept but goodness, kind of scary to think about too.

pocketwonders said...

I saw this movie a few weeks ago. I felt like the ending was far too rushed. The movie was pretty good overall, but it just didn't feel very real. I'm sure that if you really were able to access the other 80% of your brain, there would be really serious consequences (immediately). If you could access it safely though, it would definately be super cool -- we probably would have already invented a lot of stuff by now. XD

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Never saw this but sounds good- sounds like a busy time for you- enjoy!

OneCraftyFox said...

Have not seen it, but was very intrigued when I first heard about it.

Hope you're having an awesome week!

Jessica said...

I really really want to see this movie!

Jessica said...

I really really want to see this movie!

Krystal said...

I haven't seen it yet but i'd watch anything with him in it, haha :)
we just had company leave after a week. I don't think I'm getting off the couch today!

little t said...

I loved this movie. I don't know what I would do if I had those little pills but I'd say they would come in handy :)

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I haven't seen this movie yet, but I've been really curious about it. I'd love to have more access to the unused areas of my brain. Personally, I'd use it to try and solve the world's problems, though I think it would be exhausting after some time.

Roxanne and Lorraine said...

I saw a screening of this movie some weeks ago and have to say I enjoyed it. The story wasn't perfectly done, but as you metioned, the concept really was intriguing. And it kept me wonder what would happen next and how he would get himself out of all those situations. Also, Bradley Cooper. Nom.

Lor

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I just saw Limitless last night and I loved it. I thought it was great and that Bradley Cooper did a great acting job.

Kristin said...

I'm definitely intrigued now! I just need to get the hubs to stop working long enough so we can have a date night and go see it!

Lynn said...

At the risk of sounding like a smug mother, I think I'd figure out how to keep my kids from screaming all day if I had limitless intelligence.

I'll have to go watch that movie now. Thanks for the recommendation!

iheartkiwi said...

Kiwi and I saw this movie too! It's not really my genre of choice but I actually really enjoyed it.

If I had limitless abilities I would definitely learn French and how to play the piano!