Divergent is the latest in a series of adaptations of dystopic YA novels. Most have flamed out spectacularly, but this Neil Burger-helmed entry hopes to beat the odds by tackling the opening of a critically well received and extremely popular book that has fans that are as passionate as those of the hugely successful Hunger Games books/movies. Like The Hunger Games, Divergent has a great cast – spearheaded by an extremely committed Shailene Woodley as the lead, Tris Prior.
The central conceit of Limitless is this: what would happen if there was a drug that could literally allow a person to use 100% of their brain? According to current scientific belief, we only use 10-20%, maximum.
Eddie Morra [Bradley Cooper] is a struggling writer. He hasn’t written a word of his novel, but he’s spent his entire advance and is, essentially, living on the avails of his girlfriend, Lindy [Abbie Cornish] – who has had enough. Now, bereft of income and girlfriend, he runs into his ex-brother-in-law, Vernon [Johnny Wentworth], a disreputable sort who has graduated from selling drugs – as we know them – to something called NZT. NZT enables its user to fully utilize their brain. There, are of course, side effects.
Relativity Media’s Limitless opens Friday. Check out the trailer following the jump.