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The Speed of Thought

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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John Lazarus is a mysterious young man (Nick Stahl) with telepathic abilities. After meeting a woman (Taryn Manning) with the same special powers, Lazarus becomes convinced that his telepathy is not the disease the NSA had raised him to believe. Armed with suspicion and a gun, Lazarus embarks on a chase to uncover the truth behind this life-altering conspiracy. But can he save his mind before time runs out?

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Nick Stahl- Terminator 3, Sin City, Bully; Taryn Manning-Hustle and Flow, A Lot Like Love, 8 Mile; Mia Maestro-Motorcycle Diaries, Frida, Poseidon; Erik Palladino- U 571, Buried

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  • Actors: NICK STAHL, Taryn Manning, Mia Maestro
  • Directors: Evan Oppenheimer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IFYMSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Douglas King VINE VOICE on October 12, 2011
Format: DVD
*** 1/2

"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.
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The Speed of Thought is a movie with a classic sci-fi/fantasy setup: A young man knows what those around him are thinking. In short order we find out that the colloquial term from these so afflicted with this ability is "scopers" and that the condition itself is called Widmann's Syndrome. Because the talent of knowing what is in someone else's mind is akin to a cheaper, more effective, wire tap without the requirement of a court order, the NSA leverages some of the better scopers by funding a home where the scopers can be treated and/or maintained. The scopers keep the NSA revenue stream up by doing some questionable work for "the greater good". Is it possible to take a somewhat hackneyed basic premise and build a decent movie around it...We'll see?

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.
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There have been a number of science fiction movies and shows out there that tackle many "what if?" questions about telepathy and the implications it would have on our lives. Some use the question more as window dressing than story development. Others really try to make you think. As for The Speed of Thought I found the story very compelling and somewhat different than other stories of this kind. It's not a dynamic film, but if you are okay with a more reflective pacing and are more interested in exposition than explosions then this movie is right up your alley.

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.
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