Limitless is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Neil Burger. Based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, the film stars Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro. The events portrayed in the film follow Edward Morra, a struggling writer, who is introduced to a nootropic drug called NZT-48, which gives him the ability to fully utilize his brain and vastly improve his lifestyle.
Limitless was released on March 18, 2011, and became a box office success after grossing over $161 million on a budget of $27 million. A television series of the same name covering events that take place after the film debuted on September 22, 2015.
Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a struggling author suffering from writer's block, living in New York, is stressed by an approaching deadline. His girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish), frustrated with his lack of progress and financial dependence, breaks up with him. Later, Eddie happens to run into Vernon (Johnny Whitworth), the estranged brother of Eddie's ex-wife, Melissa (Anna Friel). Vernon is involved with a shadowy, unidentified pharmaceutical company and gives Eddie a sample of a new "smart drug", NZT-48. Returning to his apartment, Eddie chooses to try out the drug and takes it seconds before being confronted by his landlord's wife due to his inability to pay the rent. As the drug begins to take effect, Eddie discovers he now has perfect recall and the ability to cross-correlate the most trivial and fleeting of past information and experiences into useful information, using it along with advanced powers of deduction to help her with a law school paper and seduce her. Entering his apartment, he feels immensely focused and begins to clean his apartment almost obsessively in a few hours. Struck with sudden inspiration, he begins writing a brand new book.