Limitless: Brian vs Mora

Heyo all of you Mirlanders! Now that the Limitless tv show has finally wrapped up, scroll down to check out the full review!

LIMITLESS

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CREATED BY: Craig Sweeney

STARRING: Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

NO. OF EPISODES: 22 Episodes

GENRE: Science fiction, Comedy Drama

YEAR: September 22, 2015 – April 26, 2016

COUNTRY: United States

ELL128BTS_650812_640x360Brian Finch (McDorman), a 28-year-old burnout and struggling musician, is introduced to NZT-48, a miracle drug that gives him access to every neuron in his brain. For twelve hours after taking the pill, he becomes the smartest person in the world, able to perfectly recall every detail of his life and capable of prodigious leaps of intuition and reasoning. With the mysterious U.S. Senator Eddie Morra (Cooper) providing him with an immunity shot to counteract NZT’s deadly side effects, Brian uses his enhanced abilities to help FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Carpenter). The problem is the FBI doesn’t know about the shot and Brian has to keep both worlds separate.

Heya NXT, we are back for another dose. The TV companion series to the cult hit Limitless, the series has had plenty of bumps during its first season run. However, what the series does right is have a fantastic and modern blend of comedy and drama that isn’t found in this era of TV too often anymore. A particular scene that stands out is when Brian is learning to hack, he doesn’t want the audience to know/see his antics so he has them watch cat vines while he narrates. Some may call it stupid, but for this kind of show it’s damn genius. Behind the mechanics of the show lies a strong core cast of characters that continuously give it their all. While some of the case of the week characters have been lacking, Brian and company sure as hell make up for it.

3276D5D900000578-0-image-a-12_1458682031062My biggest issue with this version of Limitless is their usage of Bradley Cooper’s character from the original film Edward Mora. While I know since he is a big star and all now and he doesn’t have time to appear on TV shows, I feel like he should have been more active of a character in the series. Don’t get me wrong, the fact they acknowledged him and me him the over-arching, behind-the- scenes antagonist of the season, they could have done so much more with him. The episodes in which he was featured were by far the standouts of the season, so why not use him more?

PROS:

  • Solid companion series.
  • Modern blend of comedy drama.
  • Strong core cast of characters.

CONS:

  • Some case of the week characters are lacking.
  • Not enough Bradley Cooper.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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Limitless: First Impressions

Hello everybody! For this week we have the second segment of our First Impressions series, where we will dive down and dirty while picking apart a TV show’s pilot. This week, we have Limitless.

LIMITLESS

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CREATED BY: Craig Sweeney

STARRING: Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

NO. OF EPISODES: 1 Episode

GENRE: Crime, Drama

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

limitlesWhen his father becomes seriously ill, Brian Finch realizes he has not reached the goals that he had set for his life. His friend Eli offers him a pill of NZT, which helps Brian excel in his temp job and discover the true nature of his father’s disease. When Brian finds Eli dead, he becomes the main suspect in an FBI murder investigation. Looking for more NZT, Brian tracks down one of Eli’s coworkers and realizes that he is the real murderer when he gets shot in the leg. He passes out, and awakes to find himself with Eddie Morra, a well-known politician who offers him access to both NZT and a drug to counter its dangerous side effects, on the condition that he not tell the FBI. The FBI wants to find out who created NZT and how to counter the side effects, and FBI agent Rebecca Harris offers Brian a consultant position with the Bureau. Brian insists that they first help his father get an immediate liver transplant. Agent Harris reveals a personal reason behind her involvement in the investigation: she suspects that her father was using NZT before he was found dead.
Hey look everyone, yet another TV series based off of a film…this is totally a new concept! Anyway, now that I was able to get that out of my system…Welcome to Limitless. Yet another series I just happen to stumble across, this one I see a little more promise out of than our initial “First Impressions” entry Minority Report. I can also attribute this to the fact I am a fan of the original Limitless film. Anyway, the series sets up just like the film did with a down and out nobody accepting a drug from a friend. Then when he goes to find more, the friend is dead. No surprise. Anyway this is a nice opening for the series, as it doesn’t force the viewer to watch the Brian-Finch-in-Limitless-seriesfilm prior to the series. Then again, the creators behind the series actually know what they are doing. They actually have Bradley Cooper reprise his character in the film in the series as well. Oh and before I forget, fantastic acting all around. Bradley Cooper is as menacing as he was at the end of the film, while Jake McDorman is innocent/stupid/expert all at the same time.

Alright Limitless, how can I complain about you? Well let’s see here, oh yeah, if you have seen the film Limitless than so far there is no reason to watch the series. We have seen everything before, along with a tired premise, it may be boring quickly after a few episodes. I really don’t hope this happens, as I will like to see the relationship between both Limitless protagonists grow and cause plenty of conflict. The opportunities are limitless. Sorry for the bad pun.

PROS:

  • Main cast performances.
  • Visual styles from film.
  • Bradley Cooper reprising his character.
  • NZT is one hell of a drug…can I have some?

CONS:

  • Pretty much same as film.
  • Pacing.
  • Growing bored.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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American Sniper: The Legend Lives

Hello everybody! For this week’s new movie show we have the Chris Kyle biopic American Sniper.

AMERICAN SNIPER

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DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood

STARRING: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict

GENRE: War

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who wanted to become a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle’s struggle isn’t with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids.

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American Sniper was definitely more interesting than I thought it was going to be. I have to applaud Clint Eastwood’s direction, as the film had a perfect balance between covering Kyle’s tours in Iraq and suffering from PTSD while trying to adjust back to life at home. The main cast performances were great, except Bradley Cooper sounded weird with a Texan accent. The role was so out of character for him but I believed he nailed it.

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American Sniper has a lot going for it, but it does have some minor drawbacks. I understand that it is a biopic and is supposed to focus on Chris Kyle, but I would have liked to see his brother more than what was offered. He only appears twice in the film, before Kyle joins the Navy and leaving Iraq to return home. It does give us an alternate look at how war was affecting other characters, but there could have been so much more. Also, the film’s pacing is very slow. I was interested so I watched the film in its entirety but it felt like it dragged on for four hours when it is a little over two hours long.

PROS:

  •  Direction.
  • Balance between home and military.
  • PTSD analysis.
  • Main cast performance.

CONS:

  •  Lack of Kyle’s family.
  • Alternate look on war.
  • Pacing

SCORE: 8.2 / 10

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