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. At this point, to be clear, this is pretty much a young-audience targeted love story instead of an mind-bending science fiction movie. By the time I settled on this I wasn't very interested in either unfortunately. This is due to a couple of key factors. First, the screenplay is downright weak, and, outside of Nick Stahl, everybody is giving lackluster performances of already weak characters. The special effects are, if anything, a handicapping factor due to being more laughable than effective.
Joshua decides to try to break free of his affliction because he isn't ready to give in to the fate of his brother or to end his life to avoid the same. With urgency brought on by "the voices" increasing grip, Joshua accepts Mia's help in his quest to control his destiny. I was hopeful since at this point there's finally a bit of action the film would improve - no such luck as everything continues to be laughable, milk toast presented, not well acted outside of Stahl, and boring.
All in all, it seems this is a third-tier Sci-Fi network film. I don't mean to be harsh, but I really can't say anything here raises this film to much of anything I can recommend. In defense of "The Speed of Thought" it is rumored to have a meager two-million dollar budget. Unfortunately, a couple of mil was, more or less, wasted in spite of a semi-respectable, actually decent, overall idea and Nick Stahl's attempt to turn in a decent performance.