There is hardly anyone who doesn’t get hypnotized by the magic of cinema. Every good movie holds a power to influence you in its own way. What if a film makes you question if you have any hidden superpowers you don’t know about. One such film is ‘Limitless’. Starring noteworthy actors like Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Anna Friel and a Neil Burger’s directorial, ‘Limitless’ will allow you to discover all the illimitable possibilities that you can do if you can actually use your brain to its full capacity. It’s an amazing film to watch and if you have already watched it, here’s the list of movies similar to ‘Limitless’ that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Limitless on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Anon (2018)
In a ‘Black Mirror’ kind of a setup, set in the dystopian future, ‘Anon’ is the narrative of a time when privacy has ceased to exist and all the private memories down to a millisecond are recorded on a grid known as “Ether” and is shown to the law agencies using the “Mind’s Eye’. Agent Sal is investigating a serial murder spree when he comes across a woman who has no identity of herself. Even the system is found to have a loophole which Sal needs to get fixed before other people are compromised as well. ‘Anon’ starts off on a good note but due to lack of enough plot twists and character depths, it seems a bit of a drag.
14. iBoy (2017)
No, it is not what you think it is. ‘iBoy’ begins with Tom Harvey getting a new phone from his friend Danny. Tom also has a thing for Lucy, his friend. On an unfortunate night, when Tom arrives at Lucy’s, he sees her brother unconscious and Lucy raped by marauders who apparently have recorded the event. When Tom tries to contact the police, he’s hit by one of the thugs and is rendered unconscious. When Tom wakes days later, he has this newfound ability, thanks to a shrapnel from his phone stuck in his head, to hear digital transmissions and see the signals. He must use his new superpowers to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice. ‘iBoy’ has a strong premise but it becomes too predictable and cliched, which proved to be the nemesis of the film.
13. I am Number Four (2011)
The story begins with John Smith who’s an alien by birth and was sent to Earth from another planet along with eight others to elope from an invading race. He changes his identity and starts living like a human on Earth, but the invading race has now visited the planet and is on a prowl for the nine aliens who had visited back in the day. The only catch being – they should be killed in a sequence (for apparently no reason). Because he’s an alien, John possesses superhuman abilities like super strength etc. John has to rally with other aliens of his race to protect themselves from the invading aliens. ‘I am Number Four’ was a box office success, despite being called “noisy” and overdone without any worthwhile performances.
12. Chronicle (2012)
Directed by Josh Trank, ‘Chronicle’ is a story of three teen friends who are studying in a college. The common thing between all three of them is that their lives are miserable in some or the other way and which certainly is the prime reason behind their friendship. All of them gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
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11. Jumper (2008)
Directed by Doug Liman, the film is centers around the theme of teleportation is loosely based on the 1992 science fiction novel of the same name written by Steven Gould. The film follows a young man capable of teleporting as he is chased by a secret society intent on killing him. Soon he finds finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators.
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10. In Time (2011)
This movie stars Justin Timberlake alongside Amanda Seyfried in lead roles. In the future, the aging process of people stops after 25 and they must buy time to live. Hence the rich become immortal whereas the others thrive to live. This may not be the best movie on this list but it surely has in it to keep you enthralled till it ends!
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9. Push (2009)
Chris Evans can’t just play Captain America but before that in Paul McGuigan’s directorial ‘Push’, he played Nick Gant who was gifted with some special power termed as “mover” who can control things with his mind. Apparently, the concept seems homogeneous to the X-Men series but is more focused what the mind can do. Want to know what lies in the future, put this movie on your watch list.
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8. Source Code (2011)
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Colter Stevens is a pilot and a part of secret program of the government, by which he is given to relive the last few minutes in the life of another man, who died in a train explosion. Stevens is needed to learn the identity of the bomber, but when he takes up the task, he sees many things are at stake, the least available being time. ‘Source Code’ gives a new twist to the time-travel films we are used to seeing, and does so brilliantly. You will surprised how much this movie is like Inception.
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7. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Chaos theory is a mind-boggling theory. According to it a small event at some place could lead to influential events far away. When Eric Bress and Mackye Gruber made this theory into a film, obviously that was going to be something we hadn’t seen before. Evan (Ashton Kutcher) is a teenager who frequently blacks out due to unbearable headaches and is transferred to the past, where he can make alterations to his life and of others too. But when he finds out that small changes in the past can drastically change the present, Evan finds himself in macabre parallel realities. It is not a perfect film, but it is a damn interesting one.
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6. Inception (2010)
Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan when it first came out left people wondering when they first came out of the theatre. The movie revolves around the story of Cobb who is a person who is adept at stealing information from other people in their dreams. He is accused of the murder of his wife and has to do one thing for the redemption, an inception. The story to very complex to absorb, hard to follow but once you get the gist of it, you’ll savor it for all time. It is an open-ended take which is open to all types of interpretations.
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5. Lucy (2014)
It’s widely known that the utmost capacity of the human brain was used by Albert Einstein which was 13 percent. Can you figure out the possible things that you can do if you can actually access one hundred percent of your brains? Now, when you are thinking of what you can do, you are only using approximately 5 to 6 percent of your brains in the thinking process. What else you would have thought and after that even would have achieved, if you can use your 100 percent brain? The point is that the true potential of our brains is even beyond our imagination.
If you are really curious to know, then Luc Besson’s directorial, ‘Lucy’, can surely give you a glimpse of what would happen if we could really access one hundred percent of our brains. You can also call it the extended version of ‘Limitless’ where Lucy’s (Scarlett Johansson) brain expanded ten times when a drug enters in her blood.
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4. Oblivion (2013)
‘Oblivion’ depicts a man’s journey across a post-apocalyptic land, experiencing strange things and would later discover that he has a much bigger in purpose in life than merely existing as the future of humanity lies in his hands. It’s a beautifully flawed film and albeit the tonal inconsistencies hamper the film from fully realizing its vision, the visual aesthetics and atmospheric quality make for an emotionally engaging experience. Cruise is simply outstanding in the lead role and carries the film forward with an incredibly powerful performance; moving, vulnerable and magnetic.
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3. The Matrix (1999)
The opening shots of a film present the very idea that it entails. Filmmakers, good ones at least, use it to devastating effect and further it with an embellished narrative. The Wachowskis do something similar with ‘The Matrix’, the greatest sci-fi action thriller film ever made. Thomas is a secretive and transient computer programmer. Efficient and skilled at his job, he doesn’t let them go to waste and starts hacking into systems by night as Neo. He gradually believes in the existence of the real reality, which lies beyond computer screens and into something of a codified fabric. Fate stumbles him upon Morpheus, the alpha-hacker whose terrorists tag is just a stepping stone for Neo. He opens his eyes to something which might even be a reality in our times.
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2. Good Will Hunting (1997)
The movie that fetched the Best Screenplay Oscar to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who were 27 years old at that time. The movie follows a rather predictable story arc but it is the journey and the moments that are catalysed by some incredible lead performances by Damon and Late Robin Williams that makes it one of the best emotional dramas ever. The Universally loved Robin Williams gives one of his best performances that is emotional, enlightening and deeply rooted. No wonder he got an Oscar for it. Though, it’s not precisely like ‘Limitless’ but shares the same idea that is unchaining the power of the brain.
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1. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Set in future, where Earth faces an alien invasion, Major William Cage (Cruise), a PR Officer with no combat experience, is forced to battle in a landing operation against the enemy. However, when Cage dies on the battlefield, he is sent back in time to the day preceding the battle, trapping him into a time loop. He then teams up with S.F. Officer Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) and learns combat skills while finding a way to stop the extra-terrestrial threat.
What this movie specifically proves is that Cruise has still got it in him. The film’s time reset concept is unique and different from other movies of this genre. It is an enticing thriller, featuring a really well-executed direction by Doug Liman and cleverly crafted screenplay along with power-packed performances by lead actors Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as well as Bill Paxton and Brendon Gleeson.
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