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Revisiting Limitless, a movie about drugs and loneliness

Later this week, CBS will start airing Limitless, a series that continues the 2011 film of the same name. Limitless is making the same gambit as Fox's Minority Report, in hopes that the plot of a science fiction thriller will translate well into a weekly crime drama. Where the latter just lifts its setting from Stephen Spielberg's movie, though, the former will directly continue a cinematic plot that piles up so many cliches it almost sorts itself out.

Limitless is an adaptation of The Dark Fields, an apparently far more pessimistic science fiction novel, which author Alan Glynn described as "a pharmaceutical Faust." Its protagonist, played by Bradley Cooper, discovers a mysterious drug called NZT-48 while down on his luck. NZT users...

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