The Signal [Blu-ray]
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In the midst of this chaos are three main characters caught in a bizarre love triangle, and this is fitting since the film is divided into three distinct sections, or in this case, transmissions. The first, called "Crazy in Love," introduces us to Mya (Anessa Ramsey) and Ben (Justin Welborn), who are secretly having an affair. Ben awakens in the middle of the night and notices his TV, which he thought had been turned off; not only is it on, the screen shows nothing but patterned white static, as well. Then Mya awakens, and when she realizes what time it is, she hurriedly dresses and heads for home.Read more ›
I thought the uncertainty about who is affected by the Signal and who is not, and the fact that different characters are affected to different degrees, was a very interesting direction and adds a lot of paranoia to an already paranoid situation.
Overall, this had a fresh and creative feel, and was well worth watching. Do watch the extra vignettes that were shot for the DVD, portraying some scenes that occur at other locations in Terminus, not involving the characters of the main film. They are more in the darkly comic vein, particularly the scene with the husband, wife, and children in a minivan.
And I'm glad I did. Despite the nature of the movie, the tone is far from serious, and it wouldn't be a stretch to compare the movie to another end-of-days comedy, "Shaun of Dead". While a plot summary would sound dramatic, anyone appreciative of a more, let's say morbid, sense of humor will find a few laughs. There is a psychological aspect to the film, and it does get graphic at times. But I felt I was being pulled in two directions within a single scene: between violent actions and lighthearted settings. In other films, I might normally complain about such disjunction, but it works to really demonstrate the madness of the mentally-deteriorating characters.
No, this film isn't going to make you think deeply about the human race, your place in the world, hell the love interest driving the plot won't likely register feelings of self-reflection. But it does entertain in it's insanity and is an enjoyable ride through a mad house.
I might've given it 3.5 stars if I could, but I did find the ending to be something of a disappointment, so I rounded down.
If you're interested in some easy viewing, like apocalyptic movies, and don't mind too much violence, you just might like it. But don't expect too much.
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I really enjoyed the signal. The movie really shows how easily we could be affected with radio signals. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley Sutterfield
This movie is just not my cup of tea when it comes to horror...it's slow and I found myself bored...I kept falling asleep or losing attention... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jesse tarter
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