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The Signal (2014)

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On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.

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William Eubank
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Cast overview:
Patrick Davidson Patrick Davidson ... Boy Playing Claw Game
Brenton Thwaites ... Nic
Olivia Cooke ... Haley
Beau Knapp ... Jonah
Jeffrey Grover ... Gas Station Clerk
Laurence Fishburne ... Damon
Roy Kenny Roy Kenny ... Hazmat 1
Timothy Holmes Timothy Holmes ... Hazmat 2
Ricardo Campos Ricardo Campos ... Hazmat 3
Drew Sykes Drew Sykes ... Hazmat 4
Lin Shaye ... Mirabelle
Robert Longstreet ... James
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On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Reunites Olivia Cooke with Lin Shaye after Ouija (2014). See more »

Goofs

When Nic is pulling Haley with his wheelchair in the corridors, as he turns the corner, her bed gets stuck. You can see the foot of a crew person who must've been pushing the bed and making sure it got stuck. See more »

Quotes

Jonah: They're testing us, Nic. Like little rats.
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Ever Night Lulu
Performed by Johnny Appleseed
Written by Buddy Wheeler
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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Starts out strong - and then runs off the rails
23 December 2015 | by ejonconradSee all my reviews

I actually enjoyed this movie for more than half of it. It had a great atmosphere and pretty good characters. It was kind of a throwback to 70s-style Sci-fi, before everything had to have a lot of action in it. Lawrence Fishburne may not have a lot of range, but what he does, he does well.

Apparently, the makers didn't think today's viewers would settle for that sort of thing, so about three quarters of the way through, it takes an abrupt turn to Stupid Town, and the try to jam every cliché trope we've come to expect from more modern sci fi: implausible escapes, contrived chase scenes, ridiculous shoot-em-ups, and Matrix-style special effects. At that point, logic and continuity are just thrown out the window. Then, when they decided the movie was long enough, they slapped on an ending that may literally have been drawn from a hat of possible options.

It's too bad, because if they'd stuck it out the way it was going, it could have been good.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,642, 15 June 2014

Gross USA:

$600,896

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,595,622
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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