The Signal (2014) Review Film4 FrightFest 2014 – Day 5

The Signal caused a bit of controversy amongst the FrightFest crowd: a Sci-Fi film being chosen to close a horror film festival ruffled a few feathers.

Still, the good thing about the crowd at FrightFest is that if a film’s good, they’ll watch without prejudice.

The Signal has a purposefully slow pace to it, but sadly, one that isn’t matched by the depth of content, either visually or in story themes or ideas.

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is purposefully slow because it wants you to consider the levels of information that have been layered thickly across the screen.

One imagines that The Signal is purposefully slow only because its producers thought that it would make it appear deeply felt and meaningful.

Scratch the surface and you find that there’s less here than meets the eye. Indeed, the hokey plot twist at the end cements this as a film that genuinely doesn’t make you want to think about either life or the universe.

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