Misdirection is a key ingredient in the film. Director Eubanks wanted the viewer to continually feel they nearly have a grip on where the film is going; only to have their notions fall apart when the direction changes again - all the way to the very end. See more »
When Nic and Jonah are decrypting the IP address of the person they believe to the hacker named "Nomad", Jonah starts to dictate the IP address 220.127.116.11 to Nic, and start writing it to the wall. But after this scene, this IP address is not written in the wall.
Whilst we hear the full IP address spoken, we never explicitly see it written down in full (camera angle). Also interesting to note, is how he repeats 147. There's nothing to suggest however he actually writes this down in order either as we see the first 3 octets afterwards, but 147 does appears twice on the wall, one of which is circled. See more »
From the trailer I expected The Signal to be a sort of Blair Witch take on an alien encounter with some retro, creep-tastic Hazmat encounters. While there were certainly elements of that in the film, the actual storyline exceeded my expectations, as did the philosophical undercurrent to the film. This is a movie that explores the dichotomy of human nature, specifically the war between logic and reason, and emotion. These characters are fighting themselves as much as they are extrinsic factors. Kudos to the Brenton Thwaites (an actor I'd never heard of before now) for keeping me emotionally and mentally engaged throughout the movie and holding his own against the filmic might of Laurence Fishburne.
In short, this felt a bit like Dark City meets Signs, and I really enjoyed the weird twists and turns in a narrative I fully expected to be formulaic and predictable.
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