William Eubank

signal

A lot of independent sci-fi filmmakers aim to make feature-length episodes of The Twilight Zone with their work. Director William Eubanks has said this upfront about The Signal. This is not a flawed aim. But the problem is that none of these writers or directors are Rod Serling. They make films that read from their synopses like they could have come from the man, but their execution is often quite lacking. The Signal is no different in this regard. Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, and Beau Knapp play Nic, Haley, and Jonah, a trio of MIT students on a road trip to California. There is significant romantic friction between Nic and Haley, but all interpersonal concerns are tossed aside when the plot kicks in. When they take a detour to track down semi-legendary hacker “Nomad,” they get a billion times more than what they bargained for. Without dipping into spoilers, they have a catastrophic confrontation that ends in a collective blackout. Nic awakens in a sterile facility where all the staff refuses to remove hazmat suits. Scientist Damon (Laurence Fishburne) calmly interrogates him as to just what happened when they encountered Nomad. Twists begin to pile on as Nic seeks to escape and unravels what is going on.

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Brenton Thwaites in THE SIGNAL

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.

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There’s no telling where the hell this movie came from, but it looks awesome in every sense of the word. The band Angels and Airwaves are most noted for being the pop punk super group that Tom DeLonge from Blink 182 and Atom Willard from The Offspring are in, but they seem to be a central focus for the market of Love. Part of that might because, judging by the trailer, their music is a huge focal point – the Daft Punk of their own sci-fi storyline. Love tells the story of an astronaut lost in space and inside his own thoughts. The premise is essentially Moon, but the trailer blew me away. It’s a complete surprise of gorgeous shots, strange fantasies, and (of course), the Civil War. Why it’s titled Love is unknown. What it’s really about is unknown. All that’s known is that it goes slow motion a ton, and everything looks and sounds absolutely breathtaking.

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