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  • Summary: 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,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), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 23, 2015
    80
    William Eubank continues to work his particular mind-stretching mix of acute character interplay and cosmic conceptual breakthrough.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 12, 2014
    75
    It's more heavy lifting than some will be willing to engage in but there's something welcome about a motion picture that doesn't hand out a dumbed-down resolution in a neatly wrapped package.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 18, 2014
    70
    Eubank's fizzy mix of self-conscious, set-piece image-making and small-scale human detail is admirable.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 12, 2014
    60
    Acting (and story) take a back seat to the visual display. Eubank shows confidence with each shot, whether it takes place in a desert vista or a clinical government slab. What's it all mean? It's unclear, except meaning that Eubank is a talent to watch.
  5. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jun 16, 2014
    50
    You spend a lot of the movie confused, but the great big reveals of its finale don’t feel very shocking at all. Yet it’s not a complete wash and, given the circumstances, that feels like an accomplishment.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    May 28, 2014
    50
    The titular signal refers to the Nomad hacker's taunts, though it may as well point to the film's nature as a self-styled calling card.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 12, 2014
    25
    The Signal starts off as an alien version of "Blair Witch Project" and then drifts off into cold plotlessness. But for a while, a little while, it seems like it just might be interesting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. Jan 26, 2015
    10
    I don't understand the negativity towards this movie. Maybe people are just too dumb to appreciate it? Maybe they think William Eubank had 200I don't understand the negativity towards this movie. Maybe people are just too dumb to appreciate it? Maybe they think William Eubank had 200 million dollars at his disposal and thought he could have done more with it? (BTW he only had 4 million. Yes, he made this amazing film with just 4 million dollars, while people like Marc Webb and Shane Black are shoving piles of crap down our throats that took them 200 million to make). So bravo to you William Eubank, you are a true artist, and I appreciate your work. Hopefully we can see a sequel to this in the near future. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2015
    8
    Surprisingly a decent movie. The pace was rather slow, but I didn't really notice. The whole movie was shrouded in mystery and kept youSurprisingly a decent movie. The pace was rather slow, but I didn't really notice. The whole movie was shrouded in mystery and kept you guessing what was going on. Aliens? Government? Secret project? Just watch it, you won't be disappointed. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    8
    "The Signal" definitely is not for everyone. It's a movie that really isn't *about* anything. It has a premise, but there's really not much of"The Signal" definitely is not for everyone. It's a movie that really isn't *about* anything. It has a premise, but there's really not much of an organize plot. Think "Eraserhead", for example. The acting, for the most part, is top-notch. Brenton Thwaites, hot off the set of "Oculus", gives a very compelling performance, and Laurence Fishburne puts on his best Morpheus impression to unsettling results. The film starts out as a road-trip movie until it's turned upside-down into a sort of jail-break type movie. The first half of the film is very mysterious and intriguing while the second half is more intense. The special effects and cinematography look amazing; you wouldn't tell that its budget is a meager 4 million dollars. Some ideas become as lost as our main characters at points, however, and the ending isn't as mind-blowing as the film let on. If you're used to big-budget action-packed sci-fi films, stay far away from this film. However, if you enjoy slow-burners with interesting ideas, don't miss this one. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2014
    5
    The final concept of this movie seemed totally ripped off from Dark City (which is a MUCH better movie I might add). The first and secondThe final concept of this movie seemed totally ripped off from Dark City (which is a MUCH better movie I might add). The first and second halves of the movie felt totally different, the first being like a mediocre horror film ("college kids on a roadtrip") and the second part being more of a what is going on here (similar to Cube). Being a Sci Fi fan, I obviously enjoyed the second half much more (after suffering through the slow and cheesy first half) but even so, this movie wasn't all that great. Expand
  5. Jun 22, 2014
    3
    This film was incredibly boring at times, possibly because the director and screenwriter were narratively challenged and didn’t know how toThis film was incredibly boring at times, possibly because the director and screenwriter were narratively challenged and didn’t know how to tell what story (if there was one, which is questionable) they had in mind. On the other hand, I was sometimes arrested by some of the wonderful images in the film. What this director needs to do is sit down and suffer like the rest of us (but multiple times) and figure out with brutal honesty what he did right and what he did wrong. There is obvious talent here, but sometimes this film is so dull that you never want to see another movie (at least by this person and with these actors) for the rest of your life. But I guess this is how people learn? Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2014
    3
    The whole thing look like two totally incompatible movies were forcibly mixed together. The first one, which occupies 99% of the time is anThe whole thing look like two totally incompatible movies were forcibly mixed together. The first one, which occupies 99% of the time is an insipid friend/romance/whatever story, and the second one, which occupies only a few seconds of the show, is a sci fi movie with impressive visual effects. I wish the second one was more developed or even developed at all. After watching this movie, I really felt I wasted a lot of my time. Expand
  7. Nov 24, 2014
    0
    After watching this I had a new least favorite movie. This movie is one of those that is so confusing it makes you get a brain tumor that liesAfter watching this I had a new least favorite movie. This movie is one of those that is so confusing it makes you get a brain tumor that lies dormant for 30 years until you discover it too late. This brain tumor will kill the person and leave behind mourning family and friends. In the end you figure out what has been going on, but it's just not an ending that brings any closure at all. The ending in my opinion is just a cheap way of ending the movie to close plot holes but carelessly open new ones. This movie is worst than holding a cat that was just fed pure caffeine up to a black chalk board while poking it with a needle. Expand

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