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Review: 'The Signal' Starring Brenton Thwaites, Beau Knapp, Olivia Cooke and Laurence Fishburne

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • June 13, 2014 8:00 AM
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The Signal
There is a desire at the heart of William Eubank's slick sci-fi picture "The Signal" to transcend the trappings of genre conventions and embrace the lyricism most often ascribed to mah-ture cinema. Eubank's background as a cinematographer doubtlessly contributes to the assured visual style on display, though David Lanzenberg ("Celeste and Jesse Forever") serves as DP here. Significantly less confident is the writing, offering up a thinly sketched protagonist and a collection of cast mates working with spare (some would say understated) material; the resulting film is lovingly crafted but insubstantial flash, though the mystery at heart sustains a first viewing.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Signal' Starring Laurence Fishburne Will Get You Agitated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 3:21 PM
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A lot of movies play the Sundance Film Festival so we're not able to see everything, and "The Signal" was one of those things we missed this year. But perhaps we should have tried harder to make this one. The first trailer for the mysterious sci-fi thriller is here, and the combination of dazzling visuals and an enigmatic hook has grabbed our attention.

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