Coming to theatres this Friday from director William Eubanks and Focus Features is what happens when you follow THE SIGNAL.
This film tells the story of friends Nic (Brenton Thwaites), Haley (Olivia Cooke) and Jonah (Beau Knapp). Nick and Jonah have been dealing with a hacker named Nomad and are curious as to who he is and what he wants. While on a road trip with Haley, the guys decide to take a detour to find him.
Computer savvy themselves, they track his location and find a house in the middle of the desert, but the house looks deserted. Not deterred, they decide to at least check out the house looking for clues about Nomad.
That’s when their world is changed as one moment they are together and the next Nic wakes up surrounded by people in environmental suits. In a wheelchair unable to move his legs, Nic meets Dr. Damon (Lawrence Fishburne) who begins asking him what he remembers.
Agitated, Nic learns that whatever happened in the desert, Dr. Damon is in a suit taking precaution that the three may have come into contact with something carrying a contagion. Nic wants to see Haley and Jonah and will do anything to make that happen.
What he discovers about himself, friends and his surroundings is nothing short of mind blowing!
FINAL WORD: Thwaites as Nic really gives this role guts! Don’t be fooled by this disabilities because Nic has a brain for days. From the moment he opens his eyes, this character isn’t taking any crap from anyone – especially Nomad. Thwaites brings strength to this role and not just physically. Taking in everything around him it is dizzying trying to keep up with him but it’s a challenge the viewer should accept willingly!
Cooke as Haley clearly loves Nic and when everything goes crazy, he proves it himself. Her role isn’t a big one but she adds suspense none the less. I wish there had been more of her character to explore.
Knapp as Jonah is determined to discover what Nomad is up to and why he has chosen them. For a while he disappears but when he re-emerges, Jonah is a forced to be reckoned with. Knapp may be a dude in glasses with a computer but don’t let that fool you by a long shot.
Fishburne as Damon was irritating! I started to get agitated myself but trust me when I say that’s a good thing. Fishburne has the ability to keep a straight Morpheus face and that proves to be important in the telling of this particular story.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE SIGNAL three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is, and I say this with high praise, a mind bending film like being on acid without acid! With a combination of sci-fi films I’ve seen it shakes them all up and throws them back at me.
The story is such that you must, MUST keep your eye on the screen, pay attention to everything going on in the story and above all – don’t underestimate any of the characters on the screen. THE SIGNAL is filled with twists, turns, assumptions, wrong turns, guesses, and an ending that is just freaky good.
In the end – r u agitated?