Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Upper level PFS members were invited to an industry preview screening of the new thriller Limitless. The majority of the audience was made up of the GPFO peeps, behind the scenes talent who actually worked on the film, and me!
The film is based on a book called The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn and adapted into a screenplay by Leslie Dixon. I haven't yet read the book, but I do love exploring topics that deal with taking our incredible human potential to new levels. This smart drug that Bradley's character, Eddie Morra, gets a hold of is not like Flowers for Algernon, increasing IQ. It's also more than just thinking faster. It's more like, all that negative junk in our heads, all the stuff that makes us say, I can't do that, I'm not capable, just gets eliminated.
For a little while he's just riding high, learning languages, playing the piano, every little thing he ever saw or read or heard or skimmed comes back to him in clear definition, almost like when you defrag a computer. He uses this information to talk his way into and out of all kinds of situations. Unfortunately, once he takes it to the next level of turning a couple of thousand dollars into a couple of million dollars in a crazy short amount of time, he captures the attention of a powerful captain of industry, Carl Van Loon, played by the always intimidatingly nice, Robert De Niro. Things are also further complicated by the bugs not yet worked out of the drug, and his encounters with other people also using NZT.
For the most part, I think it's a very engrossing and interesting flick. Although I do have three little problems with the film.
1) his love interest played by Abbie Cornish. Not only is this relationship a weak part of the movie, but Cornish's performance is boring and she's got a very forgettable type countenance.
3) I don't want to give too much away, but the drinking of the blood, is how someone else I was talking to put it, "Jumping the Shark" just a bit.
Like every other woman in the room, I was highly anticipating Bradley Cooper's arrival. I was even able to move down closer to where Sharon Pinkenson was conducting the Q & A. I had my arm up a little bit because I was holding my digital voice recorder. When Sharon asked if anyone had a question, for some reason no one raised their hands, then Bradley actually turns to me and says, do you have a questions or are you just taping this? I stupidly mumbled. "No, I'm just taping this". Why! I'm supposed to be trying to do this journalism thing. If you have a chance to ask the star of a movie a question, especially when you know you'll be writing about said movie, you're just supposed to jump in an take your shot!!!
Who knows since he's a Philly native, maybe he'll read this review and write a comment.
One person did ask if he champions making films in Philadelphia. Cooper responded that if it was his choice he'd make all his movies in Philly.
[Shots of Philadelphia doubles for New York, filming took place at The Palomar Hotel, Del Frisco's, The Happy Rooster and Rittenhouse Square to name a few.]
His answer is great! But I think he'd have to admit, 120 degrees or not, shooting The Hangover 2 in Bangkok, has got to be a little more exciting than making movies in his own backyard.
Limitless opens in theaters March 18th
Post Update: 9/3/12: I did much better with my next Bradley Cooper Interaction, but there was still some drama surrounding the interview - See "THE WORDS" post
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