Ricky Reviews: The Signal

The Signal came to my attention a few months ago when the original trailer premiered. It looked like a fairly solid sci-fi thriller with a cast of unknowns supported by veteran Laurence Fishburne. I was intrigued by some of the surprises within the trailer. Take a look at what piqued my interest back in April.

Hit the jump to read what I thought of the film.

I waited anxiously for the film’s release. I recently realized the film was slated for a limited release. Would it make it to San Francisco? Never a guarantee, but I was in luck. It was in San Francisco, and I hopped on the opportunity to watch it. I am pleased to report that I am glad I did.

I’d caught a glimpse of a few reactions to the film as dumbfounded and confused. I can see where that can come from. The pacing of the first half of the movie can be very bewildering. I found myself sitting in the theatre asking, “What the hell am I watching?” As the movie reaches its midpoint, answers begin to unravel at a fairly even pace, but never without providing a few new questions to ponder.

The movie may not be for everybody, but it has a lot of different things going on. There’s a lot of intrigue and suspense as the protagonist, Nic, tries to decipher the world he’s entered. There’s some interesting sci-fi action sprinkled throughout. My mouth was left open on several occasions from both awe and excitement. And there’s even a love story between Nic and his “it’s complicated” lady friend, Haley.

Now, hours after taking in the whole movie, I can only think back on how much more I wanted to see. I want to know more about Nic, Jonah, and Haley. I want to know what the future has in store should there be sequels. I adore a movie that can create a beautiful and distinct world and leave me with questions and the desire for more.

The analytical side of me also has to give credit to director William Eubank for crafting a story that assaults the senses. Throughout the film, I couldn’t help but think what each scene and shot meant to the overall picture. Nothing felt out of place. One of my favorite touches was the timing of reveals.

If you have the opportunity to see The Signal, take it. You will not be disappointed. Even if you have to wait for DVD. I know I’ll be ready and waiting when it comes out.

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