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The Signal

Thriller . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi

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. When the trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area, suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students regains consciousness, he finds himself in a waking nightmare.

Actors: Brenton Thwaites , Laurence Fishburne , Olivia Cooke , Lin Shaye , Beau Knapp , Robert Longstreet , Patrick Davidson
Directors: William Eubank
Country: USA
Release: 2014-07-10
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  • Steven Rea

    The Signal is a road movie turned upside down and inside out.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The Signal continues to get weirder, and creepier, and to bring up unusual questions for the viewer. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Its young director, however, has a considerable flair for surprise and visual gusto, and he even, on a shoestring, delivers sharp-looking special effects.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    If all this sounds like a souped-up episode of "The Twilight Zone" or "The X-Files," then you're in the right ballpark — or underground bunker.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    Although the film's ultimate payoff feels a little too big, and too insufficiently explained, to justify all of the obfuscation that led up to it, the script keeps the audience engaged and guessing right up to the end.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Eubank's fizzy mix of self-conscious, set-piece image-making and small-scale human detail is admirable.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    [Eubank] creates some remarkable images and moments in this movie, and his sensibility leans towards a sort of painterly love of quiet and sustained imagery. He juggles some pretty big shifts in tone here, and doesn't always pull it off, but it's really interesting to watch him try.

    HitFix Full Review
  • William Goss

    The result is a bit like seeing a Nike commercial make a drunken pass at its friend’s manga collection while the X-Files DVDs watch from across the room; it may not make much sense, but at least it’s never boring.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    While it’s hard to make sense of the narrative developments in The Signal, it must be said that it’s always visually compelling. And that some of the standout sequences (including, yes, the Mind-Blowing Twist Ending) suggest that Eubank could have a terrific future as a director. As a screenwriter, though, maybe not so much.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Had Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch made a movie together, it might have looked something like The Signal.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Including the high expectations set up by the film’s early going, Eubank had a thoughtful thriller in the works but along the way he got his signals crossed.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The Signal is too ambitious for its own good: The movie is built on shells of ideas and concepts that haven’t been fully thought out, and once it’s over, the movie collapses the more you think about it.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    So even though Signal isn’t great sci-fi, you’d never know it to look at it and listen to it.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Director William Eubank seems more concerned with building to an epic, superpowered ending rather than anything making a lick of sense. In the spirit of the characters and audience, though, it feels right.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Captivating for a long stretch.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The movie never becomes truly involving — mostly because it’s hard to get wrapped up in a narrative when you can’t shake the nagging feeling that the rug under your feet is being tugged.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Carlos Aguilar

    Eubank’s talent for creating impressive worlds with few resources is the movie's strongest aspect, but the concept feels like a never-ending exposition of technique without sufficient depth.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    William Eubank’s The Signal demonstrates the fine line between paranoid science-fiction fantasy and demo reel.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Zhuravsky

    [A] lovingly crafted but insubstantial flash, though the mystery at heart sustains a first viewing.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    Exceedingly stylish and ultimately quite silly, The Signal is a sci-fi head trip better appreciated for the journey than the destination.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    As I watched the minimal plot unfold at a glacial pace in claustrophobic settings, I found myself wondering where the rest of the movie was.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Things quickly fall apart, with a pileup of sub–Rod Serling narrative twists, a choppy action sequence heavy on the Michael Bay slo-mo and a sequel-ready climax that reveals the whole project as little more than a feature-length calling card.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The persuasive power of individual moments suggests that director William Eubank has a bright future — and could push himself harder when writing his scripts.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The Signal has visual style to burn. And it takes good advantage of the current state of paranoia arising from our surveillance culture and the pervasive mistrust in government. On paper, this sounds like a good formula. If handled well, it could really pay off.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The Signal would desperately like to be a film of ideas, but the few it presents are vapid and secondhand. Eubank’s overachieving work on the film suggests he’s destined for bigger and better things, though given the airy nothingness of the film’s mind games, that’s setting the bar awfully low.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    William Eubank continues to work his particular mind-stretching mix of acute character interplay and cosmic conceptual breakthrough.

    Empire Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    The best sci-fi trilogy you’ve never seen amalgamated into one organic whole. Surprising, exciting and, at times, strangely beautiful.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The film’s wobbles begin at this stage and spread unstoppably through the last hour. It’s one of those steep-tumbling disappointments where almost every scene feels like an additional step in the wrong direction.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    A banal and credulity-stretching finale that feels like a bad Twilight Zone episode, but the first hour or so is terrific.

    The Guardian Full Review
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