My YouTube ad of the week: Andy Nairn, Dare

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Andy Nairn reviews Limitless

Andy Nairn, chief strategic officer, Dare

Why I like it

Movie trailers are rarely admired for their creativity – the formula is well-established.

This campaign breaks the mould and creates something rewarding in its own right. The central premise – that someone could hack into the video monitors in Times Square – is just about plausible, making for a genuine debate about the authenticity of the footage.

The low-tech production values were entirely in keeping with the media environment and betrayed no sign that the campaign might have had anything to do with a Hollywood blockbuster. But when the secret was revealed, the idea behind the film – that a pill could allow you to use 100 per cent of your brain, and thus give you infinite powers of invention – came across loud and clear, prompting discussion in a way that a conventional trailer never would.

Wish I’d thought of

I’m envious of the way the campaign spans the physical world, the online community, the offline media and Hollywood so seamlessly. It seems that, these days, the potential of a good idea really is limitless.

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Credits

Brand

Limitless

Task

Promote the cinema release of the Relativity Media/Rogue Pictures feature film Limitless.

Execution

We see how the giant video screens in Times Square can easily be hacked with an iPhone, a “transmitter” and “video repeater” to broadcast videos of the hacker’s choice. The user then uploads a video explaining how this happened: “I took NZT. It’s a pill that allows me to use 100 per cent of my brain. One pill a day and you are limitless.”

Credit

Thinkmodo

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