What’s Another Word for Limitless?

Posted: September 13, 2011 by jperritt in Uncategorized
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Recently my family and I were able to get a little vacation time at the beach and stayed at a condo that offers free DVD rentals.  I really enjoy the free DVD kiosks, because you get to rent movies you might not normally rent – Limitless being one of those movies.  I have to say, this was an interesting thriller.  I’m still undecided on the ending (don’t worry, no spoilers), because it could be interpreted a few different ways but it was good.  I’m not sure if it was because of the fact that we were on vacation or if it was the fact that it was a free-kiosk-DVD, but it was enjoyable.

Limitless tells the story of a struggling writer named Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), who stumbles upon a pill that gives him super human abilities.  His friend remarks, “You know how they say we can only access 20% of our brain?  This [pill] let’s you access all of it.”  Once taking the pill, Eddie recalls fleeting images that have been tucked away in his brain for many many years, some of which he never knew were there.  He also writes an excellent book in no time, and he is better equipped to interact socially because he can discuss any topic with great knowledge.  (It is important to note that he does use this in an inappropriate manner with the lady folk – like Bradley Cooper needed any help).

Another interesting aspect to this pill was that it also impacted physical abilities.  Eddie gets jumped in a subway by several men, but he’s able to recall fighting techniques from various films and television shows he viewed from his past.  This recall of knowledge allows him to incorporate these techniques, that were locked away in his brain, while in the midst of his real life confrontation.

During the entire film, one word that kept coming to mind was the word ‘omniscient’.  If you think about it, limitless is really another word for omniscience.  There were times in the film when Eddie was able to banter and debate with the best of whomever in whatever field of expertise they were in.  This caused me to think of Job 38 (one of my favorite chapters in all of Scripture) when God begins to question Job.  Job had been through extreme trials at the beginning of the book and has been answering very pointed questions/accusations from his friends, and it finally caused him to question God and boast of his own righteousness.  God, however, allows Job to question his sovereignty and knowledge, but then finally answers Job out of the whirlwind by saying, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.” [vs. 2 & 3]  The Lord then begins asking Job questions that reveal God’s limitless nature.  “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?  Tell me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements – surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?” [vs. 4 & 5]

I love this chapter because it humbles Job, but it should humble every human before our omniscient God.  I heard someone once say, “God says, ‘I am. I was. I will be. You won’t.'” and Job 38 affirms that all the more.  God knows all things, because there has never been a time when he wasn’t.  He existed before time was invented and spoke everything into being.

It was impressive watching Eddie’s character in Limitless, because it helped me ponder what omniscience might look like played out.  An interesting aspect of the film was that Eddie could not handle the pill.  He was borderline crazy, because his mind couldn’t rest.  He got to a point where he didn’t know what was reality, who he could trust, he became physically ill, and was close to death many times.

This also caused me to think back to the garden when Adam and Eve thought they wanted to be like God; eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  They, however, found that they could not handle it and we’ve all been paying the price ever since.

Put simply, God is God and we aren’t.  He alone is all-powerful and all-knowing and we must humbly admit that every day of our lives.  Most of us won’t wrestle with being a know-it-all to the degree of Eddie’s character in Limitless, but we do think we’re omniscient at times in our life.  When the car doesn’t start, the traffic light is a little too long, or people aren’t treating us the way we want to be treated, we think we know better.  Whenever we get frustrated or complain about these moments, we’re ultimately telling God, ‘I know what’s best for me and you don’t.’  We basically think we’re omniscient.  The reality is, our knowledge is limited, God’s is limitless, so let’s humbly bow before His awesome glory.

  1. DustyOldTrail says:

    I also like the scene where he has to drink the blood of a dead assailant in order to get the drug back in his system and escape. Very sacrament-esque.

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