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Joshua Lazarus has a special gift -- but will this gift destroy him before he can escape to freedom with his newly found soul mate? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nick Stahl ... Joshua Lazarus

Mía Maestro ... Anna Manheim

Taryn Manning ... Kira

Blair Brown ... Bridger

Wallace Shawn ... Sandy
Stefania Tortorella ... Emily / Vanessa
Mike Romano ... Bobby
Jorge Sabate ... Diaz (as Jorge Sabaté)
Alan Brooks ... Smith
Alvaro Ciapesone ... Weston
Jacqueline Henderson ... First Woman in Bar
Juan Luis Granato ... Man in Bar

Marina Artigas ... Slinky Woman
Zina ... Third Woman in Bar
Florencia Canton ... Clown
Harry Havilio ... Ephraim Lazarus (as Harry Havillio)
Alvaro Pozzolo ... Yuri

Evan Oppenheimer ... Boris (as Evan Lee Oppenheimer)

Alan Cox ... Alexei

Julio DePietro ... Tarmac NSA Agent
Joshua Oppenheimer ... Tarmac NSA Agent (as Josh Oppenheimer)
Terrence Gray ... NSA Agent with earpiece

Erik Palladino ... Butler
Iván Espeche ... Murdoch
Belen Loiacono ... Chrissie
Barbara Parks ... City Voice (voice)
Nathaniel Morgan ... City Voice (voice)
Zoe Oppenheimer ... City Voice (voice)
Michael Tarrant ... NSA Agent with drugs
Alex Noyes ... City Voice (voice)
Sophocles Jones ... City Voice (voice)
Michelle Bablo ... City Voice (voice)
Peter Levin ... City Voice (voice)
Timothy Anderson ... City Voice (voice)
Becca Palmer ... City Voice (voice)
Jessica Vargus ... Other Voice (voice)
Pamela Maurice ... Other Voice (voice)
Jamila Weintraub ... Other Voice (voice)
Allegra Weintraub ... Other Voice (voice)
Michele Buster ... Other Voice (voice)
Jessica Peterson ... Other Voice (voice)
David Shor ... Other Voice (voice)

Directed by
Evan Oppenheimer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Evan Oppenheimer 

Produced by
Nicolas Aznarez .... co-producer
Joshua Oppenheimer .... executive producer
Chris Romano .... producer
Original Music by
Andrew Gross 
Cinematography by
Luke Geissbuhler 
Film Editing by
Allison Eve Zell 
Casting by
Felicia Fasano 
Production Design by
Beth Mickle 
Makeup Department
Florencia Canton .... assistant makeup artist
Anne Mistak .... key makeup artist
Fabiana Moretti .... makeup artist
Juan Piccininno .... hair stylist (as Juan Pichinino)
Production Management
Jason F. Brown .... production manager: New York
Dave Donars .... manager production operations
Carolina Sastre .... production manager
Maximiliano Vila .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Agustín Aznarez .... second assistant director
Lisa De Fuso .... first assistant director
Alex Foster .... second assistant director
Bruce Hall .... first assistant director: New York
Guillermo Rocamora .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mike Romano .... leadman
Mariana Urriza .... set dresser
Sound Department
Juan Frau .... boom operator
Brian Gregory .... sound mixer: New York
Peter Levin .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Levin .... supervising sound editor
Alex Noyes .... sound editor
Fabián Oliver .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
John Bair .... visual effects supervisor
Flavio Caiafa .... visual effects producer
Vivian Connolly .... visual effects producer
Peter Heady .... DI finishing artist
Roque Papa .... visual effects producer
Aaron Raff .... digital artist
Emiliano Stefanach .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jessica Bennett .... key grip: New York
Nando Calvette .... electrician
Sebastian Chape .... electrician
Philip Dixon .... gaffer: New York (as Phil Dixon)
Alex Eaton .... first assistant camera: New York
José Luis Garcia .... grip
Ignacio Guani .... first assistant camera
Alec Jarnagin .... Steadicam operator
Franziska S. Lewis .... second assistant camera: New York
Jonathan Miller .... assistant camera
Gustavo Perez .... key grip
Federico Polleri .... gaffer
Quique Pérez .... electrician assistant
Gonzalo Regules .... second assistant camera
Simon Shen .... electrician: New York
Zenfeek .... best boy electric: New York
Casting Department
Lia Olivera .... casting assistant
Santiago Turell .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ana Dominguez .... wardrobe
Valentina Luque .... wardrobe assistant
Ines Pinion .... wardrobe assistant
Maria Sacco .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Beardsley .... technician: Arriscan
Omar Daher .... additional editor
Justine Halliday .... additional editor
Greg King .... associate editor
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Blase Theodore .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Dino Dumandan .... composer: additional music
Daniel Rothblum .... music editor
Transportation Department
Diego Arduino .... transportation captain
Pablo Cardoso .... driver
Horacio Correa .... driver
Roberto Hors .... driver (as Roberto Horse)
Ricardo Lisorio .... driver
Daniel Machado .... driver
Ricardo Oyenard .... driver
Eduardo Silva Porto .... driver
Fabricio Rodriguez .... driver
Other crew
Jesse Davidson .... key location manager
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Terrence Gray .... executive: Black Sand Pictures
Roberto Hamilton .... executive: Black Sand Pictures
Iris Jyoung .... production coordinator
Kim Ludlow .... script supervisor
Kimberly Ludlow .... script supervisor
Erica Parise .... location manager
Jim Wallick .... executive: Black Sand Pictures
John Axelrad .... special thanks
Richard Blackstone .... special thanks
Jeffrey Blitz .... special thanks
Richard Bosely .... special thanks
Douglas Burke .... special thanks
Michele Buster .... special thanks
Tom Capellini .... special thanks
Breck Eisner .... special thanks
Philip Finch .... special thanks
Ed Gildred .... special thanks
Morton Glickman .... special thanks
Affonso Gonçalves .... special thanks
Andrew Howells .... special thanks
Millie Hsyu .... special thanks
Greg King .... special thanks
Andreas Kraebber .... special thanks
Jeannette Levenson .... special thanks
Lia Levenson .... special thanks
Robert Levine .... special thanks
David Loeb .... special thanks
Peter Lurye .... special thanks
Rob Lynch .... special thanks
Keith Neruda .... special thanks
Eliza Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Joshua Oppenheimer .... dedicatee
Lucy Oppenheimer .... dedicatee
Martin Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Suzi Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Zoe Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Jennienne People-Burke .... special thanks
Jeff Pine .... special thanks
Aaron Raff .... special thanks
Ralph Roe .... special thanks
Andrés Rosenblatt .... special thanks
Andrea Rutherford .... special thanks
Kenneth Schapiro .... special thanks
Marina Schwabic .... special thanks
Pierluigi Sini .... special thanks
Brian Swain .... special thanks
Michele Swain .... special thanks
Michael Tarrant .... special thanks
Gloria Wallick .... special thanks
Heidi Winston .... special thanks

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USA:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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[first lines]
[There is a long aural montage of strangers talking, presumably overheard in their thoughts by Joshua]
Emily:[Emily is chatting on the phone while walking down a busy street at night] I'm supposed to trust you? Trust is earned, my friend. Anyway, get your ass down here. If you take too long, I may be gone.
Joshua Lazarus:[She enters a nightclub and sits at the bar. Joshua approaches her] Hi. My name is Joshua.
Emily:I'm Vanessa.
Joshua Lazarus:Vanessa. You are a...
[he rubs his forehead with his index finger]
Joshua Lazarus:...Virgo.
Emily:I'm not an obvious Virgo.
Joshua Lazarus:It was obvious to me.
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23 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
I know exactly what you're thinking...literally, 5 July 2011
Author: TheHrunting from United States

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,

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