The Signal

2014

The Signal (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Director William Eubank clearly has big ideas and an impressive level of technical expertise; unfortunately, The Signal fritters them away on a poorly constructed story.

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Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and Maleficent), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare... (c) Focus

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Critic Reviews for The Signal

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (28)

You spend a lot of the movie confused, but the great big reveals of its finale don't feel very shocking at all.

Jun 13, 2014 | Full Review…

There's something welcome about a motion picture that doesn't hand out a dumbed-down resolution in a neatly wrapped package.

Jun 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Eubank could have a terrific future as a director. As a screenwriter, though, maybe not so much.

Jun 13, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's bravura manipulativeness to The Signal, the stylish, slyly funny question mark of a movie from director and co-writer William Eubank.

Jun 13, 2014 | Full Review…

The Signal is too ambitious for its own good, but it is still a pleasure to watch.

Jun 13, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4

Eubank's talent is not at all in doubt, and science-fiction mavens who embrace this picture will rightly be excited for whatever he turns to next.

Jun 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Signal

However initially intriguing the mystery is, the only thing worse than a stupid movie that believes to be smart is a stupid movie that believes to be smart and insults its audience, and so it is just awfully confusing with a lot of stupid plot twists that don't make much sense.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Very Cool !

Shawn Montague
Shawn Montague

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Slow burning, yet ultimately satisfying sci-fi/ mystery.

Kevin Mozulay
Kevin Mozulay

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½

Damon: What I'm about to tell you Nic, you may find to be disturbing... The Signal is the kind of movie I want to support, despite finding some issues with it. It is an original science fiction story with mysterious aspects that unfold as the film goes along in ways that I found consistently engaging. The film ends up biting off a bit more than it can chew, but there is clear ambition in the filmmaking that I was happy to admire. I would not quite say that the style is placed over the substance, as it amounts more to needing to evolve as a screenwriter and a director, but I really dug what William Eubank was going for with this film. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

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