Based upon the book The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, Limitless follows a burnt-out writer (Cooper) who discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100 percent of his brain's capacity. Taking the pill, he acquires mind-bending talents that bring him big money, beautiful women, and limitless success, but at a dangerous price. (Gary Reber)
Both the theatrical (01:44:46) and the unrated (01:45:33) versions are available. Special features include commentary with the filmmakers, the featurettes A Man Without Limits (HD 04:29) and Taking It To The Limit (HD 11:38), an alternate ending (HD 05:14), the theatrical trailer, and a digital copy of the film.
The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is strongly stylized with a varying color palette that, at times, is greenish tinted, with hues desaturated. At other times the hues are boosted. Contrast varies, depending on the stylized segment. The picture exhibits a gritty, drab look during segments depicting Eddie's "normal" life. When he pops NZT, the color palette changes dramatically with intense hues, to suggest an "amped up" emotional feeling. Resolution is generally good throughout, and black levels are solid. This is, at times, a really good-looking picture, but otherwise dingy and drab. Still, the picture appears true to the filmmaker's intent. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is strongly rendered with various dynamic jolts, enhanced with strongly energized .1 LFE. The sound is inconsistent, however, retreating to a frontal focus and a "produced" sonic signature. But when fully engaged, the surround channels are directionalized and energized, for an enveloping experience. Atmospherics, such as city sounds, are subtly enveloping but not particularly engaging, sounding far more frontal focused than the scenes would suggest. Dialogue is production sound and ADR and wanting in spatial integration. Overall, this is a satisfying soundtrack with strong elements that occasionally are engaging. (Gary Reber)