Hi this is Nykole and welcome to chroma film tv - in this video, I'll be talking about the film Limitless and how metaphors in the film are used to signal an awakening - if you haven't seen Limitless, I suggest watching the movie first - this video will include heavy spoilers - and without further ado, lets get into it.
In Limitless, we meet Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) - a writer that hasn't had much success in writing. He's disorganized, unmotivated and his life seems to be on a continuous downward spiral. After getting a hold of NZT-48, a small clear pill, provided to him by the brother of his ex-girlfriend. He has the ability to tap into the better part of himself.
In terms of Eddie's attire, the colors of his wardrobe doesn't do a lot of changing over the course of the film. He wears dark colors with hints of white and other light shades, but the message is more in his appearance than the colors that were chosen for his character. He goes from being disheveled and unkempt to being outwardly put together. The film didn't go into a lot of detail in terms of color symbolism via switches in pallet, but the changes shown ties closer to the idea that his increased abilities didn't do anything to change his heart or mind, it only magnified the skills, beliefs and values that he already had in the first place.
for example; in the scene where he talks about math and his new ability to solve problems...(add clip here)
As stated on the effects of the pill
he was already intelligent - so It's wasn't so much that he wasn't initially capable of doing the mathematics, he didn't see a need for it and therefore, didn't do more to expand his knowledge on the subject. Once he realized he could use his skills as tools to get to what he actually wanted, he spent more time tapping into what he already knew, expanded his knowledge and used these skills to get him closer to the actual goal he was attempting to attain.
The positive side affects of this clear pill is focus, motivation, and an ability to conquer any goal, as said in the film "it makes everything clear".
The downside is, if this pill stops being taken, it causes memory loss, mental decline and rapid aging which leads to an early death.
The contrast of what the pill does vs the side effects, touches on what many of us already know about pills or medication and the pharmaceutical industry today...Many, if not all of the prescriptions given to us don't actually cure the ailment but curbs the symptoms acting more like band-Aids than treatments. But unlike a band aid that just covers the area - these pills usually cause some other type of side effect that may not even be related to the reason someone is taking the pill or the medication in the first place.
In other words - the taking of certain pills or their ideologies gives the appearance of better and immediate outcomes, but ultimately overshadows the positives by way of deception, creating more profound issues later down the line.
THE PILL & HIGHER SELF METAPHOR
Limitless isn't the first film to associate a drug with getting in touch with the higher self. For example Lucy is another film where the main character Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) reaches a level of godhood by ingesting too much of the CPH4 drug.
At first glance, the films seem to only be talking about an out of body state via the drug vehicle, but under the main narratives the films also uses the drug as a metaphor to express a frame of mind or an ideology, but does it covertly, secretly sending the viewer in a specific direction.
and Like every other movie in hollyweird, none of these stories are original - different actors in different locations with varying intricacies in the plot, but the core of these stories remains the same and is one that is extremely old.
Unless you've been under a rock, like I was until just a couple of months ago, you're probably already aware of the Pill ideologies. There are several of these pills, but the most popular ones seem to be the blue, the red and the black, but I'll also be talking about the clear pill philosophy.
The Pills have been associated with the Matrix and Alice in Wonderland - 2 movies that show altered realities. In the Matrix - Neo has a choice to learn about life as it truly is, or go back to the life he already knew, in the created reality/ Alice in Wonderland has been tied to MK-ultra and delves into a mind that's been split as a result of trauma.
I was initially going to give my own summary on these philosophies but after searching for the definitions to get a complete unbiased description, I decided to show how these groups are seen in the eyes of those that create these definitions:
THE BLUE PILL
Taking the easy way out, choosing to ignore the harsh reality and live in blissful ignorance.
"You take the blue pill -- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe." Morpheus, The Matrix
THE RED PILL
Red pill refers to (becoming enlightened to) the truth about reality, especially a truth that is difficult to accept or exposes disillusions.
Online, red pill is especially used among anti-feminist and white supremacist groups to refer to "waking up" to the truth that women and liberal politics are oppressing men and white people.
THE BLACK PILL
A catastrophic prophecy or spiritless prophesying for the future that is not necessarily grounded in reality. A red pill gone hopelessly bleak.
and now, the clear pill..
THE CLEAR PILL
Another pill less talked about is the clear pill.
According to the Urban Dictionary
"Being clear pilled is the final phase of awareness of the human condition...Deriving from the Matrix universe, clear pilled is the state of peace that comes with total awareness. It is the step after black pilled; black pilled is the step after red pilled; and red pilled is the step after blue pilled... "
On the surface, Limitless is a film about a revolutionary drug that can allow one to tap into their higher self by taking synthetic drugs to achieve a higher consciousness. Underneath is another visual manual with instructions that get carried out to the letter today.
Limitless, tells a story of a man going through transformations, at his blue pill phase, life is passing him by. He has no true ambitions and doesn't make any efforts to make any real changes to the course of his life. At the red pill phase, he is ferocious in his pursuit to learn. Realizing his new found power and taking advantage of every opportunity to get closer to his goals. At his black pill stage, he obtained all he thought he wanted, but found himself in a position he couldn't see his way out of and was willing to end everything as the final solution. And finally, the clear pill phase and his metamorphosis. He goes outside of himself, even going against his previous beliefs to go after what he discovered to be his true passion.
Aside from the final stage of awakening pill or the clear pill- The pills encourage a synthetic or false awakeness or awareness by encouraging those within the belief systems to ingest ideologies that lead to the possession of false or faulty fruits... instead of peace of the mind and healthy outlooks on this life and the things to come - one is left with broken hearts, broken minds and in the end broken spirits - but true awakening is at our fingertips when we seek knowledge and wisdom from the Heavenly Father.
Yahowshuwa (Jesus) saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ (The Anointed One).”
There were other things I noticed in the film that ties back to what I talked about in this video, but I know where I'm posting this video, so...
If you want to watch limitless, it's currently available on showtime, prime video and for rent or to buy on youtube. If you would like a transcript of this video - info will be available in the description box.
And on that note, have an awesome day - be good to yourself and good to others - Peace.
There was another point in the film that I didn't speak about in the YouTube video. I'm stepping out on faith, but I'm also aware of the platform...being as wise as a snake and as lharmess as a dove....
(Matthew 10:16 - "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.")
What stood out to me was the influence of taking illicit/synthetic drugs to reach the "higher self", or to be more specific, getting in contact with demonic entities.
Good Fight Ministries, has an in-depth catalog on the realities behind the influences in the music and film industries and a key contributor was and still is Aleister Crowley. Aleister spoke a great deal about taking all manner of drugs to contact "the snake" or as we know the snake best, satan. Along with this being a film that encourages taking on deceitful perspectives, it also encourages the viewer to give into demonic spirits that can take over your bodies.
if you don't have eyes to see, it seems like just a cool sci-fi film with a drug that may exist in the future, but once you can see under the surface, it's clearly a film with doctrine that could hurt a lot of people.
Good Fight Ministries
This is a snippet YouTube video, but there is much more info in the DVD series (available at GoodFight.org). If you have a tendency to worship celebrities or other false idols, this series will definitely open your eyes. If you like their content, please subscribe to their channel. Pastor Joe Schimel has a powerful testimony about how he learned about Yahowshuwa (Jesus) that helped me when I first starting coming into the truth. Pray before watching, you'll need to be covered (I learned this the hard way).
I'm pretty sure there were some other points that I missed, but this is the message that stood out to me. As soon as I figure out how to get my discussion page up and running - I want a forum where we can all add input that'll help each other.
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