And now that this movie about computer geeks in a terrifying situation is coming out next Friday, we're finally getting inside the mysterious bunker of doom. We talked to director William Eubank about the meaning behind his strange film. Spoilers ahead Seriously, there are some spoilers for The Signal below. Eubank seemed to think it was OK to talk about this stuff before the film comes out, because it only adds to the interest in his story.
But if you want to go into this movie spoiler-free, then step carefully.
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And they home in on the location of a hacker named Nomad who caused problems for them at MIT, and decide to visit him. Eubank said he had a ton of friends growing up who were into hacker culture — he and his friends always went to Defcon and other hacker conventions that were close to his home in Southern California, and screwed around with computers. With computers, "there's this surface, this very thin veil of stuff [where] we know how to use them," says Eubank.
So you can do much more. And Eubank is fascinated by A. But any time you start putting Area 51 [into a film], you immediately start having all these social conceptions about what the film is about. So I wanted to make a film that in a roundabout way got around to Area 51, so it became an answer, as opposed to 'This is what the film is about.
In the end, the Area 51 stuff is more of a throwaway idea in The Signal and kind of a misdirect — which is why Eubank says he's fine with talking about it before the film comes out. Another inspiration for The Signal : Eubank says he saw the movie Catfish and was "bummed that that movie didn't get really crazy. So with The Signal , Eubank wanted to make a movie that "felt like this grounded thing," until it "just flipped out. As a fan of genre films, Eubank thought it was fun to explore some genre tropes, "but you arrive there in a much different way.
Even apart from the fact that there was a movie called The Signal which we covered a lot at the time , it's kind of a random title for a movie about computer geeks looking for a hacker in the desert. Eubank says there are two reasons why this movie is called The Signal :.
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Two of the characters are a couple, and they're shown kissing there's also a close-up of the girl's underwear-clad behind. Expect some strong language, including a few uses of "s--t" and "a--hole. Add your rating See all 3 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 3 kid reviews. Tensions run high, since Nic worries about his future with Haley; he's in the early stages of a degenerative disease, and he thinks she'll give up on him.
When they believe they've tracked him to a run-down cabin, their adventure has only begun.
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They wake up in a weird, white building with no information as to how they got there or what's going on -- and only a slim chance of escape. He clearly understands the concept of visual space and clarity, rather than the cluttered jumble of so many other sci-fi movies. It opens intimately, with cozy spaces for the three friends, then widens on those creepy, sterile white hallways, followed by disorienting, never-ending stretches of dusty Nevada desert. Where the movie falters is in its plot, which does have a few cool surprises and powerhouse moments, but for the most part appears to have been borrowed from many other sci-fi movies.
The Signal isn't very good at disguising its intentions or throwing viewers off balance. But Eubank has done a fine job with his casting, creating three interesting performances and avoiding the usual disposable, interchangeable teens. And Laurence Fishburne has a tangy supporting role that looks like it must have been fun. How much does the movie show -- or not show? Does it tell a good story without relying on nonstop fighting and blood?
Is the movie scary? How much of that is achieved through what is and isn't on screen? Would you have gone as far as these characters did in chasing an unseen rival? What would make the characters continue their pursuit? Do the characters seem realistic? How are they similar or different to characters of the same age in other movies?
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For Your Family Log in Sign me up. Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! Want personalized picks that fit your family? Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids. Share this Rating Title: The Signal 6. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Anessa Ramsey Mya Denton Sahr Ngaujah Rod as Sahr AJ Bowen Lewis Denton Matthew Stanton Janice Justin Welborn Ben Capstone Cheri Christian Anna Scott Poythress Clark Christopher Thomas Ken Lindsey Garrett Laura Chad McKnight Sightless Woman David Bruckner Screaming Man John Clifton Edit Storyline A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.
Taglines: Do you have the crazy? Country: USA. Language: English. Runtime: min. Sound Mix: Dolby Digital. Color: Color. Edit Did You Know?
Trivia Each "transmission" is done by a distinct director with an emphasis on a certain genre. Crazy In Love is by David Bruckner, and contains visceral horror. The Jealousy Monster is by Jacob Gentry, which has dark comedy. Escape from Terminus, by Dan Bush, is in the form of an apocalyptic love story. Goofs When Lewis is chasing after Ben and Clark, he turns a corner and the name on his shirt is backwards, revealing that the film was processed in reverse to change the direction he is walking.
Though it could be reasoned that it reflects his mental state. Quotes [ first lines ] Ben : What was that? That was strange.