In many science fiction films, strange and at the same time believable worlds are shown – an illusion that quickly becomes very expensive to realize. Nevertheless, in recent years many filmmakers have proven that great sci-fi cinema can be created even with limited resources. In addition to “Code 8”, “Vivarium” and “Upgrade”, “The Signal” is also such an example.
The film, which also stars Laurence Fishburne (“Matrix’), Olivia Cooke (‘Ready Player One’) and Brenton Thwaites (‘Titans’) cost just four million dollars to produce. For comparison: The German comedy “Fack Ju Göhte” cost the equivalent of almost five million dollars.
Tele5 is showing “The Signal” today, September 24, 2022 at 8:15 p.m. Anyone who likes creative science fiction – without any spectacle of effects, but still with great pictures and original approaches to content – should definitely get their money’s worth with the sci-fi mystery thriller. However, since the film was released by the FSK for ages 16 and over, the prime time broadcast should be slightly cut. “The Signal” is definitely unabridged on DVD and Blu-ray as well as on streaming providers such as Amazon Prime Video.
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Jonah (Beau Knapp) and Nic (Brenton Thwaites) are avid hackers on the Elite- Go to UNI MIT. In order to take part in a big hacker meeting, the way across the USA is not too far for the two and Nic’s girlfriend Hailey (Olivia Cooke).
On their road trip, however, the computer enthusiasts have another goal: They want to confront a mysterious hacker named Nomad, who has hacked their university’s servers and wants to frame them.
They follow Nomad’s signal and think they can turn the tables – but nothing there. Instead, they end up in an abandoned house in the middle of the desert, where mysterious things are happening. And before he knows it, Nic is waking up in some research facility where a man in protective gear (Lawrence Fishburne) is asking him all kinds of weird questions…
William Eubank already showed with his $500,000 sci-fi film “Love’ that he’s a genre specialist who gets by on a tiny budget. No wonder that shortly afterwards he not only got eight times the budget, but also one or the other Hollywood star. And “The Signal” also builds up an absolutely captivating atmosphere at the end, despite narrative weaknesses, which becomes more and more intense towards the end.
In our review, author Björn Becher writes, among other things: “All in all, ‘The Signal’ is a science fiction drama that is well worth seeing, which can best develop its appeal if the viewer as a viewer knows as few details as possible in advance.”
That’s why we don’t want to tell you much more about the film at this point and instead just leave you with the trailer – but watch out, watch at your own risk!
This is an updated version of an article previously published on DashFUN. *The link to the Amazon offer is a so-called affiliate link. If you make a purchase through this link, we will receive a commission.