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Friday, October 3, 2014

The Signal (2014)



Today was another graduation day at the institute, and as usual, I had to say goodbye to some of the student I have taught. While these days are exciting for them, knowing a new class with new faces will begin in a few days is touch unsettling. With that behind me, I decided to check out some Sci-Fi, with the 2014 entry The Signal.


Plot/ 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.


When I saw this on the shelf at Family Video, I was drawn to it from the synopsis that talked about the surrealistic elements. Those were definitely present in this non-linear Sci-Fi entry. The performances work, the pacing methodical, the characters and story are thought out, and the effects appear to be a higher quality than the limited budget would suggest. Yes, there are some head scratching moments that seem odd, but those fit into a surreal environment where normalcy can be thrown out the window. In the end, this movie may not be for everyone, but it is a refreshing piece of Sci-Fi in a genre full or retreads and worn out story-lines. If you love Sci-Fi, give it a shot you will not regret it.


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