The Speed of ThoughtJanuary 3, 2011
Joshua Lazarus has a special gift — but will this gift destroy him before he can escape to freedom with his newly found soul mate?
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 4.6/10 (596 voted)
Stars: Taryn Manning, Nick Stahl, Wallace Shawn
Joshua Lazarus (Nick Stahl) possesses a special gift that enables him to read people's minds, and the government has trained him to use his ability for deadly missions involving national defense, all while telling him that it will ultimately destroy him — but will it? When Joshua falls in love with Anna (Mía Maestro), another telepathic "scoper," he and his friend, Kira (Taryn Manning), must find a cure for their gift and expose the lies.
Tarmac NSA Agent
(as Josh Oppenheimer)
Tarma NSA Agent
(as Evan Lee Oppenheimer)
(as Harry Havillio)
There are no secrets
Release Date: 3 Jan 2011
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
[There is a long aural montage of strangers talking, presumably overheard in their thoughts by Joshua]
[Emily is chatting on the phone while walking down a busy street at night]
I suppose he trusts you! Trust is earned, my friend. Anyway, get your ass down here. If you take too long, I may be gone.
[She enters a nightclub and sits at the bar. Joshua approaches her]
Hi. My name is Joshua.
Vanessa. You are a
[he rubs his forehead with his index finger]
I'm not an obvious Virgo.
It was obvious to me.
I know exactly what you're thinking…literally
In the wake of the ultra budget blockbuster super-hero flicks, "The
Speed of Thought" enters as a small link on the chain in the
people-with-special-abilities genre. There are going to be less camera
setups, bombastic-less music, no flashy costumes but instead more story
and dialogue to concentrate on.
A telepath named Joshua Lazarus (Nick Stahl), who works covertly for
the NSA branch of the government, has a degenerative disease as a
result of his ability. He's told no one survives past 28 yet the pills
he's given will stale the inevitable. He's got nothing to lose if
there's no future ahead of him, so he hangs loose with drinking,
gambling, call girls and awaits madness to take hold, as the voices
that were once controllable start to pile up. A light at the end of the
tunnel appears and he gains some hope on one of his last missions in
Uruguay when he meets an attractive woman named Anna (Mia Maestro) who
also has the mind-reading ability known as "scoping."
Joshua has a mentor named Sandy (Wallace Shawn) who runs "The Home" in
which special people of his kind are kept for training and treatment.
Sandy eases the pressure of withering away with sympathetic talks as
he's dealt with many in the same situation. His slightly older friend
Kira (Taryn Manning) starts to show symptoms before himself, yet at the
same time she oddly starts to gain some new abilities. With Anna,
Joshua finds a true connection when they mind meld memories together.
Instead of showing shots of the characters' faces in person and a voice
over top, this switches to an isolated area that has them dreamily
talking to each other face-to face in what looks like they're
physically standing there.
This is as much of a slow moving drama as it's a
love-at-first-telepathic-reading type of movie in the vicinity of
"Hereafter" though without being exactly the same. Joshua and Anna form
a forbidden connection as she's a natural who could never share her
secret and he swore secrecy to the people he works for who keep a very
close eye on him. They become personal in their heads but yearn for
that physical touch. Together they make an attempt to get away from it
all to be together no matter where that is but are sucked back into it
when the company gets hot on their tail and some revelations are
unveiled about who's really who and what it all means.
"The Speed of Thought" is a simple movie to escape with as you get the
special abilities side that comes with its own set of rules and there
is also some romance to make it more personable. If they shaved off
some time it would have made a decent enough hour long TV pilot to get
engaged in. But as is, the dialogue frequently overemphasizes to nail
the point home and it causes the flow to get stuck in a lower gear and
become somewhat tedious. Blair Brown, who plays the boss, feels tight
casted from Fringe. There's some chemistry among the characters though
it doesn't always leave much to read between the lines for what they're
feeling or how it works. Usually filmmakers find a balance in the
middle of stating the obvious and being too vague yet this continually
steps over the line towards the former. Confusion–nope.
Subtlety–what's that? Nearly every thought and movement is laid out in
plain view, which sucks out the passion and challenge after awhile when
it started out on a higher note. For a film about the mind, the
dialogue doesn't always leave much to the imagination and drags down
some of the rest of the film with oversimplification. (Also submitted
on Cinema Freaks, http://docuniverse.blogspot.com)