The Signal premiered in the United States on September 13, 2014 to a limited engagement. The story is a combination of science fiction and action/adventure. Some movies either are total science fiction or total action/adventure. The Signal blends both genres very well.
Three friends from MIT are trying to trace a computer hacker. Brenton Thwaites (Nic), Olivia Cooke (his girlfriend Haley), and Beau Knapp (Jonah) trace the IP address to a shack in the Nevada desert. From this point on the characters’ lives become a waking nightmare. All three actors do a decent job portraying their characters. The status of the film is given a boost by the presence of Laurence Fishburne as a scientist. He manages to project an aura of calm and patience no matter what his character is faced with.
The story line is a little bit confusing in one aspect of Nic’s character which is never really explained. The story was fast paced enough to keep the audience’s attention and the photography was well done. The CGI was well done and they managed to blend the scenes well. I would put it on my list to watch again just to see if I missed anything the first time. For this sort of movie, there was very little profanity and the dialog was believable. I give this 4 stars out of 5. The actors were good, but I felt that some flashback scenes weren’t sufficiently explained.