Abbie Cornish as: Lindy
Other Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Anna Friel
Production Status: Post-production
Release Date: March 18, 2011 (USA)
Directed By: Neil Burger
Screenwriters: Leslie Dixon (screenplay) & Alan Glynn (novel)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Universal Studios / Relativity Media
Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets - as long as he keeps taking the untested drug.
Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug's brutal side effects taking their toll, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.
Abbie plays Lindy, Eddie's ex. girlfriend. Lindy, a magazine editor, has given Eddie her complete support. But even she has reached the end of her patience with him and ends their relationship as the film opens. When he discovers NZT and becomes wildly successful, they get back together again.
Trivia & Facts
• Filming Locations:
New York, Pennsylvania, Mexico
• Previously known as The Dark Fields.
• Shia LaBeouf was cast but had to drop out after his car accident where he badly injured his arm. He has replaced by Bradley Cooper.
Quotes from Abbie Cornish
• "It's extremely well-written. This is a story you can lose yourself in because it feels like it could actually be happening. It's totally believable and very contemporary."
• "Neil always saw the role as being pivotal, even though it's a smaller one. She's the only one who takes the drug and is able to understand the consequences. It changes what it is to be fallible, which is essential to being human."
• "He's a very sensitive person who listens to the actors. It makes the process of filmmaking feel collective and that's very refreshing."
- On director Neil Burger
• "Bradley took on the role wholeheartedly. It was awesome to watch. He has a great sense of humor as well as great depth to him, so he has that enormous range as an actor. He's perfect as Eddie, because he can go from the guy in a downhill spiral to someone who has completely got it together. He's also generous, and very engaging, which makes it a lot of fun to work with him."
- On co-star Bradley Cooper
Quotes from her Character
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Quotes from the Film
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Quotes from Others
• "Abbie is fantastic. She's so lovely and so talented. Abbie has this mischievous energy, but she's also incredibly bright. And the chemistry between Abbie and Bradley was immediate. They are pretty amazing together. You could feel the connection and get a sense of the history of their characters."
- Neil Burger (Limitless director)
• "Abbie has a luminosity that makes it especially sad to think that Eddie could have blown it with her. And indeed, one of the things the drug does is help him get her back."
- Leslie Dixon (Limitless writer)
• "Cornish at first seems to have been handed a nothing role until the story takes a left turn and she shows her promise as an action star. Despite a few plot holes, Limitless is intriguing until just before its conclusion, which does not fulfil the logic of a story about a man who makes a pact with the devil."
- Nick Dent, The Sunday Telegraph
• "Meanwhile, Cornish is only in a handful of scenes, and Limitless is certainly the poorer for it. She doesn’t get to do much (other than use winter sports equipment in a more entertaining way than the entire Vancouver Olympics), but she does the best with the part written for her."
- Kimber Myers, The Sunday Playlist
• "Cooper does deliver the goods, nonetheless, while Cornish and Friel’s solid work goes underappreciated. There is a glimmer of an interesting character twist in Howard’s goon who becomes shrewder in his criminality when he ingests the smart pill, but this is never fully developed."
- Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
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Limitless was not a bad film. Particularly so, given its genre of action/thriller, but it did leave me unsatisfied.
It has a believable enough, modern concept (take a pill and access hidden parts of your brain, that make you a super genius, invincible, creative and so on.). One strong point the movie has is that it's well acted. It's really a Bradley Cooper show, and while he may not be known for his great performances, this is a big breakout for him in a push for leading man status and he can carry the film. Robert De Niro fans will probably be disappointed by his small role though. Another strong point is the feature of some really neat visual effects (the opening credits scene was especially cool). So if you can let yourself ignore the plot holes, sub plots that go unresolved and under developed characters - well you can probably really enjoy it. That being said, those are some big annoyances within themselves. But, I knew what I was walking into and I did not expect anything grand so I got what I expected. However, only seeing the film for Abbie Cornish's sake, I can't say I got my money's worth.
Abbie Cornish has a very limited part in Limitless. She is only in a handful of scenes throughout. She comes in at the start of the movie, as the traditional "girlfriend" role, and unfortunately never really surpasses it - despite the fact that her character could have really proved valuable had they went in a different direction with the film. She looks gorgeous and comes across as this intelligent, driven young woman with the brief scenes she is in and I personally would have loved to know more about her character Lindy. Really it wasn't needed for this kind of film, but she is so talented and deserves to have more of substantial part, especially given her recent starring role in Bright Star. It's disappointing that this was her first follow up - a very Hollywood movie and generic role that ultimately could have been played by any actress. Something worth noting is that Abbie gets a different kind of role as an action star (albeit extremely brief), which is something we haven't seen yet (this of course being released before Sucker Punch) and she speaks without her Australian accent (although it comes through occasionally).
Quantity is certainly not everything, Abbie also had some smaller roles in 2008's Stop-Loss and Elizabeth: The Golden Age from 2007, but still showcased dynamic range in her talent. In Limitless, Abbie does the best with the material and certainly makes you care for her, given such little time she had but ultimately it's a forgettable role that she didn't need to take on, in my honest (particularly biased) opinion. " - Mycah