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The Signal (2014)

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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.

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William Eubank
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Cast

Cast overview:
Patrick Davidson Patrick Davidson ... Boy Playing Claw Game
Brenton Thwaites ... Nic
Olivia Cooke ... Haley
Beau Knapp ... Jonah
Jeffrey Grover ... Gas Station Clerk
Laurence Fishburne ... Damon
Roy Kenny Roy Kenny ... Hazmat 1
Timothy Holmes Timothy Holmes ... Hazmat 2
Ricardo Campos Ricardo Campos ... Hazmat 3
Drew Sykes Drew Sykes ... Hazmat 4
Lin Shaye ... Mirabelle
Robert Longstreet ... James
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Storyline

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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Сигнал See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,642, 15 June 2014

Gross USA:

$600,896

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,595,622
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Dolby Digital | DTS (uncredited)| SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Misdirection is a key ingredient in the film. Director Eubanks wanted the viewer to continually feel they nearly have a grip on where the film is going; only to have their notions fall apart when the direction changes again - all the way to the very end. See more »

Goofs

When Nic is pulling Haley with his wheelchair in the corridors, as he turns the corner, her bed gets stuck. You can see the foot of a crew person who must've been pushing the bed and making sure it got stuck. See more »

Quotes

Haley: Nic, I offer to help, not because I think you need it, but because I know you don't.
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Written by Daniel Woolhouse
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Not what I was expecting - in a good way!
2 October 2014 | by xaniverSee all my reviews

From the trailer I expected The Signal to be a sort of Blair Witch take on an alien encounter with some retro, creep-tastic Hazmat encounters. While there were certainly elements of that in the film, the actual storyline exceeded my expectations, as did the philosophical undercurrent to the film. This is a movie that explores the dichotomy of human nature, specifically the war between logic and reason, and emotion. These characters are fighting themselves as much as they are extrinsic factors. Kudos to the Brenton Thwaites (an actor I'd never heard of before now) for keeping me emotionally and mentally engaged throughout the movie and holding his own against the filmic might of Laurence Fishburne.

In short, this felt a bit like Dark City meets Signs, and I really enjoyed the weird twists and turns in a narrative I fully expected to be formulaic and predictable.


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