Starring Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Laurence Fishburne
2014 / 97 Minutes / E1 Entertainment
What started off really interesting fell apart for me in the last half. Based on the trailer I was expecting much different than what I got. The characters and the story in the first act were really well done and I was intrigued with where it was headed, but once we got to the next act the disappointment was setting in and that never went away.
There wasn’t anything special or interesting here and without spoiling anything I don’t think I was really shocked or invested in the ending. Nothing blew my mind here, it was just expected.
However, what I did enjoy about The Signal, besides the first act, it was beautifully shot and edited. I liked the style and visually loved that the use of special effects were so minimal and it never went over the top, it was believable and subtle. Never once did they over do it and I respected that in this world of visual effects over usage.
I wished that this was better, I wanted this to be something it totally wasn’t and maybe that’s my fault for assuming or their fault for a trailer that felt so different from the actual final product. It’s disappointing overall.