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Review: Watch this - The Signal (2014)

Review: Watch this - The Signal (2014)

Some films you can't write much about.  Just to hint at a hook that makes a film worth watching is too much and you'll ruin the experience.  So take it on faith that this is a film worth watching and is intelligent and well-made. Do yourself a favour and read nothing else about it, other than this.  It's not perfect and it is made on a budget - but just watch it.

It co-stars Laurence Fishburne.  In the last few years Fishburne and Science-Fiction should have ordinarily made you want to run to the hills - that last Matrix film, The Colony, Predators, the Superman reboots; but make an exception this time.

Briefly, the setup, is this.  A young couple and a friend of his are on a road-trip.  The two young men were recently nearly thrown out of college for hacking the college servers - something they didn't do.  Instead, some figure calling himself NOMAD is sending weird messages to them and is the responsible party.  The reasons for his actions are a complete mystery. They manage to back-trace the messages and now have a location.  It's a house in Nevada.  In the middle of nowhere.  Not too far away.  They find themselves drawn there; they can't leave it alone.

They go.  Something captures them, and they wake in a sterile, almost medical environment, to find themselves being interviewed by Lawrence Fishburne, who is wearing a hazmat suit.  This trailer does a pretty good job of communicating the nature of the film without blowing anything too big.

It made enough of an impression on me that I looked to see who had made it. The director William Eubank made a film a couple of years ago called Love that I found pretentious and boring.

But not this.  It's low budget, there are a couple of things I would change, but not knowing anything about this film meant it really did manage to surprise and have an effect on me.

If you have an hour or two and it's on your Netflix or something, take a chance on it.  What I will say is this, sometimes how a story is told is more important than the destination.  The journey is the point, not the destination.

Chris Coates

Gamera 3: Awakening of Iris (1999) - Kaiju done right.

Gamera 3: Awakening of Iris (1999) - Kaiju done right.

Review: Watch This - Absentia (2011)

Review: Watch This - Absentia (2011)