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Plot: 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. Runtime: 97 mins Release Date: 13 Jun 2014
Great movie, most people are over analysing it (by elgabote)
This movie has a slow pace, I know. That doesn't mean it's a bad one. A lot of people are over analysing every scene and image they see in the movie, instead of enjoying a simple story with a lot of photography design. Don't expect a lot of action on it, but do expect amazing photography, immersing atmospheric story, good acting and a few good surprises. One advice I would give is NOT watching the WHOLE TRAILER form the movie. After 1:30 minutes it shows too much and could spoil a lot of surprises. Just trust that the first part is to make contrast with what is coming next. I <more>
loved the photography, was the best from the movie by far. The story is good, and it develops interestingly. The acting is good and everyone plays well the parts. Great job, Mr. Eubank!I definitely recommend to watch this, for all the sci-fi lovers, and especially the ones that appreciate non blockbuster, plastic, cliché movies, and enjoy different ways of doing cinema.
I didn't know anything about this movie when I saw it, and it kept me glued to the screen the entire time trying to figure out what was going on. I loved the way they blended in nic's Dream's and the Action sequences and as a idea for a movie, this is one of the most original scripts I have ever seen, except for perhaps Repo: the genetic opera.All in all I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the genre.Awesome work! -JonMOvie was great Movie was mind bending Movie was very original and well shot Movie was pretty darn cool sorry you apparently have to have 10 lines of <more>
Hippie Reviewers trying to find "meeeeaaaning" (by cjala)
People can't appreciate a work of art for just trying to take you on a ride. And an intelligent, well-acted, well-paced, well-shot & directed work of art at that. "What did it meeeeaaaan?" "I didn't take anything away from it" Cry, cry, cry. Most of these people on here were too busy critiquing it while watching, rather than just WATCHING it. The story?! Seriously?! If you didn't see a story here, that's your own idiot fault. Cause I did. And it rocked. People looking for the f'ing Wizard of Oz, some mind-blowing movie that's going to change the <more>
way we - GODDD JUST STOP. Not everything is Fight Club OK little fellas? Enjoy something for once in your miserable lives, hahaha WOW. I'm willing to bet the over 40 crowd here are the ones not "getting" this one. I didn't want it to end. And when it did, I was seriously thinking "aaaallllRIGHT!". Character-driven, and brilliantly-executed, I will be thinking about this one its music, cinematography and acting for weeks. And would GLADLY watch it again. Bravo, FINALLY a great non-Hollywood sci-fi film.
The movie is a little slow at times, while the plot is not completely explained or even logical sometimes, but other than that, the film is perfect.What I enjoyed most about the movie is that it is truly original in the way of Monsters or District 9 were. It starts as a hacker movie, continues as an alien encounter movie, goes into government conspiracies, only to turn everything on its head towards the end. While it is clearly a science fiction thriller, it feels more game like than a movie, because you feel immersed in it. The originality and this sensation of being in the story is <more>
something I have been missing for years. great job!I am not going to tell you stuff about the story, because it would either spoil it or give you the wrong impression. You need to watch this film. It is worth it.
I had the privilege of attending a screening of The Signal that included an open Q&A with the director/writer, William Eubank. To be quite honest, up until an hour before the screening, I knew nothing about what I was about to view. I quickly logged on to IMDb to watch the trailer in hopes that I was going to see something awesome. The trailer did not assure me that I would and gave me the impression I was going to see some sort of artsy drama about young lovers. We've grown accustom as horror aficionados to having the trailers ruin films for us, but The Signal could not be farther <more>
from the norm.Having a budget of just under 4 million, Mr. Eubank has proved that creative writing and talented direction still exists in Hollywood. Now I will warn you that this film just scrapes the surface of the horror genre, but its fresh Sci-Fi storyline and my personal fear of intelligent life outside of Earth, makes it worth considering.There are so many things I want to tell you about this film, but it is just not worth giving anything away. All you need to know is that William Eubank has done what Hollywood can't with a budget that is a joke when compared to the over-bloated film industry. The special effects are phenomenal, but it's the camera work and direction that really delivers. Although as much as I loved the imagery and action sequences, I have to say that the dialogue is very tasty. There were some lines that made me think Mr. Eubank was channeling Tarantino. That might be a stretch to some, but come on When you've got Fishburne in your cast, you know you're going to have some quality dialogue. Plus, if you're a die-hard fan of Event Horizon, it's impossible not to get a few shivers from the connection Which is the one question I didn't get to ask the director! So we can go back and forth on whether this film is hardcore horror, but regardless, The Signal is an awesome film that is worth paying the outrageous theater ticket prices for. I'm confident that whether this film scares you are not, you'll still love it. That being said, please go see this film!!Please like me on Facebook! You can read more of my reviews and get info on the latest movies in horror:http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Heart-Horror/338327476286206
NOTE: The ONLY reason this does not get 10 stars is because of the semi-gratuitous use of UBER SLOW MO...too much.I suspect the majority of negative reviews and ratings are coming from the kids under 35 crowd out there. This movie reminds me of the type of movie that truly comes before its time. This movie gave me the same type of feeling I had after watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dune, and Chariots of Fire. Not from a story perspective in any way, but feeling like I just didn't get why this movie was popular to my parents at the time. When I watched those movies originally, I thought <more>
many of the same things people are saying about this film in the reviews. It was not until I was in my late 40's, and had matured and knew more about what was truly profound, that I was able to appreciate those movies.I found this movie extremely profound, and in a simple way. If you're looking for a ton of action, fast paced story-line, or a ton of CGI effects, you won't get it here. There are a few "jumpy" moments, and a couple of "gotcha" scenes, and some of the CGI is decent, but not what this movie is about. What you will get is absolutely stunning cinematography. If you don't focus narrowly on what's going on with the characters, and take a moment to "look around" the scenes, you will find some amazing views and backdrops comparable to those in The Lovely Bones.I should also point out that of course, Laurence Fishburne was great as usual, but the big surprise was the co-star, Olivia Cooke. A relatively new actor for the most part, but able to pull at the heart-strings by showing very realistic emotion in the story-line, and creating empathy with body language. This girl will go far, and her performance in this Indy will give her some good future exposure I suspect.Put yourself into this movie and truly consider the implications and consequences of the story as if it were you. If you need Michael Bay to produce a movie that entertains you, skip this one, you won't like it. But if you can put yourself in the protagonists shoes like you do in a good book, you will find this a really fun ride.
Visually arresting, methodically paced, and almost perfectly executed. (by BrentHankins)
In an age where astronomical budgets and A-list stars dominate the sci-fi genre, it's seldom that you stumble across a film that strives to present a unique vision, which is precisely why The Signal is such a breath of fresh air. Directed by Will Eubank who co-wrote the screenplay , the film follows a trio of MIT students on a cross-country trip, who decide to take a detour in order to track down and expose a malicious hacker.Arriving at their destination, Nic Brenton Thwaites and Jonah Beau Knapp find nothing but an abandoned, dilapidated structure. Haley Olivia Cooke elects to <more>
stay behind as the guys explore the grounds, and just as they stumble across evidence that they're on the right track, all hell breaks loose. Sometime later, Nic awakens with no memory of the previous events and finds himself trapped in a sterile, hospital-like facility, with Haley in a coma and Jonah held in an adjacent cell. His only point of contact is Damon Laurence Fishburne , the facility's mysterious administrator, who dons a Hazmat suit for every interaction. Damon wants to know everything about "the signal" - how Nic found it, when he first discovered it - but Nic's only concern is getting himself and his companions to safety.It's nearly impossible to reveal anything more about the plot without wandering into spoiler territory, but rest assured that The Signal does a spectacular job of approaching familiar sci-fi tropes from a completely different perspective. Eubank spent eight years as a cinematographer, and his experience behind the camera combined with his indie-film sensibilities allow him to get a tremendous amount of mileage out of The Signal's $4 million budget.The pacing is slow and methodical, doling out information in carefully measured doses before opening the floodgates during the film's climax. There are some truly breathtaking visuals here, particularly during the third act, with one jaw-dropping shot after another building toward a startling mindfuck of a conclusion. If you're tired of seeing Hollywood continually rehashing the same boring sci-fi stories with new faces and bigger budgets, then track down The Signal and buy yourself a ticket. You won't be sorry.-- Brent Hankins
Just saw it at Sundance! The director was there and answered lots of questions. Can't say a whole lot without spoiling it but Fishburne is pretty awesome. The acting was great and lots of metaphors used. If you like hacker type movies with Internet related stuff, go for this movie. It is also pretty accurate in terms of tech. I am a tech guy and can attest to it. Awesome special effects, apparently done in Canada. I guess it will get into the big movie theatres. I do need to watch it again though. If you get to see it, put in a review and let us know what you think. How does it compare to <more>
other sci fi movies you have seen. Apparently it was made on a low budget too and in a very short time span, so this is even more impressive.
I love the pace of the movie. It allows for significant character development and really draws the viewer into the interpersonal relationships between Nic, Haley and Jonah. The bond among these friends really carries thru the story. Many sci-fi movies are so intent on the shock and special effects, they lose their personality and keeping to a level of attachment to the viewer. There's just enough subtle comedic moments that keeps the storyline to a level of human reality that kept me connected. Lin Shaye as Mirabelle...my favorite! She nailed her character spectacularly!! It may have not <more>
been a huge part and, I feel, that her character added the perfect segue into the continuing spiral of this intense adventure. A major part, in my opinion. A truly awesome and unexpected ending. I drove a long way to see this movie and during my drive home, I kept having the ending play over and over in my head...and then the "aha's" started to roll in. That's what makes a great movie. One that stays with me and keeps poking at my brain for a long time.