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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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Cast

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Сигнал See more »

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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the movie, while in a motel room, an old b&w movie is playing. It's 1959s Teenagers From Outer Space. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when Nic helps the little boy with the claw game, there is clearly coffee all over his white T-shirt. Later, at the hotel, there's no stain on that shirt. The next day he spills coffee on himself, creating the stain. See more »

Quotes

Nic: The truth of the matter? What is the truth of the matter here? The only thing I know for certain is that you don't know what you're dealing with. You will be pulled from this shitty little shack you call a research facility so fast that the only thing relevant to be shown for any of this is the way it's all exposed, wrecked, and forgotten. You have *no* idea! You have no clue! Do you? Have any clue how fast dumb, lost little kids like me, Jonah, or Nomad could ruin a place like this? Have it ...
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2.3.5.41
Performed by Free the Robots and Nima Fakhrara
Written by Nima Fakhrara and Free The Robots
Courtesy of Elsewhere Studios & Cutting Edge Music (Holdings) Ltd
By arrangement with CEG Rights B.V.
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Not what I was expecting - in a good way!
2 October 2014 | by xaniverSee all my reviews

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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