The Speed of Thought
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"You can't know everything about someone and still like them," says one of the young psychics (or "scopers" as they're referred to) who works for a covert government operation in this low-key little sci-fi film. Dialogue like this makes it clear that in this film, by adding unreal elements to the story, the storytellers are really trying to explore truths about the human condition.
For the most part, the film succeeds. Joshua (Nick Stahl), who belongs to the group of covert government psychics, has spent his entire life being told that his psychic abilities (dubbed Widmann's Syndrome) will drive him insane by his 29th birthday, after which he will have to choose between being a permanent vegetable or ending his life. Already 28, Joshua has begun to prepare for the end, until he meets Mia, another young psychic not affiliated with his group, who claims to be 31 and doing just fine. This leads Joshua to rethink what he's been told his entire life, and rethink his allegiance to the mentor who he had always believed had his best interests in mind.
Despite a handful of action scenes, most of the film involves dialogue and relationships. When he meets Mia and falls in love with her, the film explores how much you have to know (or should know) about someone in order to have a relationship with them. And when Joshua begins to realize the lies he's been told throughout his life in order to serve the selfish and amoral desires of those around him, the film explores how much of what we're told from "authority figures" is just propaganda meant to keep us all in line and productive.
The film is clearly low-budget, and the special affects, although used fairly sparingly, reflect that.Read more ›
Would I watch again? - Yes, I would. To try and catch clues I missed the first time.
The central character named Joshua Lazarus (Nick Stahl) has been raised in an NSA home due to his telepathic powers and the complications thereof. In the course of his growing up he believes that like his brother, who also is afflicted by Widmann's Syndrome, he will eventually lose his sanity due to the inability to control "the voices" which before he turns 30 will likely either incapacitate , cause him to choose a humane end, or, outright kill him. In the course of his work he chances to meet a beautiful young woman, Anna Manheim (Mia Maestro) with like telepathic powers. She doesn't realize there are others with the same strange ability, but intriguing to Joshua neither does she seem to be afflicted by the voices which with increasing tendencies are starting to do their bidding of insanity. Joshua begins to feel, perhaps, he has been given misinformation, as well as bogus drug therapy regarding his condition.Read more ›
The story is about a telepath working with an institute (for telepaths) essentially living what life he has due to a disease or condition that the essentially ends the life of just about everybody with his gift. He's a mind reader going through the motions until he meets another mind reader that starts to change everything he knows about himself. That's about as close as I can get to the main plot without giving any juicy details away.
What I find good about this film is how they move this story forward. You are living life in Johsua's (the mind reader in question) eyes. He parties because he knows his life is almost over because this debilitating condition is starting to take hold. Then when things start changing more interesting facets about his gifts come forward. As you move forward through the movie you get more and more nuggets of details and information about what it means to be a telepath and what benefits and side effects there are.
The telepaths seems to have a complicated system of communication between them that involves creating backdrops in their minds when another mind reader comes to "visit.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this chilled, more current version of the old "Scanners". You don't see heads exploding, although the "Scopers", recruited by the NSA, are capable of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by kei.
Speed of though idea is real and it can happen :) for Gifted people Only.Published 17 months ago by Omar Atia
Cheap low budget movie don't waste your money predictable plot poor acting I force myself to watch it all the way though because i paid for it gave away for yard sale .75 centsPublished on February 13, 2014 by P. Lazarus
Just watched this movie on cable and loved the idea and it kept me interested through the whole movie. The ending was great. For a low budget film it delivered.Published on June 26, 2013 by Nobody
I found this movie to be both entertaining and thought provoking. It's not often that you come across a film that takes you by suprise but this one did. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Marie Yamane
Having just viewed this film, I was simply going to climb into my comfortable bed and try to sleep. But the sheer inanity of this film would not let me rest in peace before... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by C. Alfred Santillo
In a lot of ways, I really enjoyed this movie. The mind-readers, the fact that the government controls them and uses them for their own ends, the bleakness of their existence -... Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by dSavannah George-Jones
As we were watching this movie, my wife knew what was going to happen & correctly predicted the ending and other details which she said were from a short science fiction story she... Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Stephen Toth