Brenton Thwaites in THE SIGNAL

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Look, as much as we may want to we can’t possibly see every movie that plays Sundance or any other given film festival. Part of the problem is the sheer quantity of films playing, but even beyond that there will always be movies that slip beneath our radar. Also, if I’m being completely honest, sometimes sleep is far more appealing than the thought of trudging out into the snow for a midnight of a movie you’ve heard nothing about.

So yeah. We missed The Signal at this year’s Sundance film fest, but while I’ve been okay with that for the past couple months the new trailer below has me regretting that decision. Director William Eubank‘s second feature (after the Angels & Airwaves film, Love) looks to be a sci-fi-tinged thriller about a trio of young people who are understandably terrified and confused after a close encounter with Laurence Fishburne.

Check out the trailer for The Signal below.

Far too many trailers these days seem content showing us far too much of what happens, but while there’s a lot going on in the trailer above I don’t feel as I’ve been spoiled. This is mostly because I have very little clue what’s happening here. It looks like Shane Carruth rebooted 1978’s Laserblast and infused it with bits of Chronicle, Akira, Fire in the Sky and more. Or it looks nothing at all like that. The point is the trailer does a fantastic job of offering just enough plot to intrigue and tantalize while also showcasing a gorgeous sense of visual style.

The official synopsis offers a bit more information, but it’s pretty much white noise as opposed to an actual explanation. That is a good thing.

Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic, regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare.”

Brenton Thwaites, who plays Nic, has an extremely busy year ahead of him that should either make him a star or turn him into the next Alex Pettyfer. First up for him is next month’s horror film, Oculus, followed by Disney’s big summer flick Maleficent in May, and then later this year he’ll be seen in the hotly anticipated adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver as well as Helen Hunt’s Ride.

The Signal opens June 13, 2014. A lot of people will be mistaking this for 2007’s very cool horror(?) anthology The Signal, but the two have nothing in common aside from the title.


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