The Signal (2014) Review!!

unnamedSynopsis – On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness – only to find himself in a waking nightmare.

My Take – The Signal does a spectacular job of approaching familiar sci-fi tropes from a completely different perspective. Its really hard to explain the plot of the film as about 3-4 films are mashed into this one. Yes the pacing is slow at 1st, carefully weaving out the characters & slowly unraveling in carefully measured doses before opening the floodgates during the film’s climax.

04There are some truly breathtaking visuals & twists in the tale here, particularly during the third act, with one jaw-dropping shot after another building toward a jaw dropping climax . Brenton Thwaites and Lawrence Fishburne made a great team all throughout the movie. Olivia Cooke & Beau Knapp form a strong support.

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Having a budget of just under 4 million, William Eubank has proved that creative writing and talented direction still exists in Hollywood as The Signal is visually arresting, methodically paced, and almost perfectly executed. A must watch for Science Fiction fans!!!

4

Director – William Eubank
Starring – Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Laurence Fishburne
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 97 minutes

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