The Signal

The Signal

William Eubank (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Although this ingenious sci-fi horror hybrid never quite delivers a story as dazzling as its visuals, its ambitions set it apart in an age of carbon-copy superhero movies. Starting slowly in the guise of an innocuous road movie, it finds three tech-savvy students - Nic (Brenton Thwaites), his girlfriend Haley (Olivia Cooke) and best friend Jonah (Beau Knapp) - taking a detour from a cross-country jaunt to follow a mysterious signal that they think will lead them to a computer genius who has been hacking into their college servers. But when they arrive at a decrepit shack in the desert wilderness, things turn sinister. It would be unfair to reveal what happens next, but what promises to be a cerebral Matrix-style spectacular comes sadly unstuck with a puzzling, overcomplicated finale. This is more about the journey than the destination which, like Cabin in the Woods, is a genre-mashing ride that uses shock and surprise to shift things up a gear.


A student searching for a mysterious hacker wakes up to find he is being held captive in a secure government facility. Unable to remember how he got there or how much of what he can recall is real, he tries to piece together recent events and find a way to escape. Sci-fi thriller, starring Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke and Laurence Fishburne.

Cast & Crew

Nic Brenton Thwaites
Haley Olivia Cooke
Damon Laurence Fishburne
Jonah Beau Knapp
Mirabelle Lin Shaye
James Robert Longstreet
Gas station clerk Jeffrey Grover
Boy Patrick Davidson
Director William Eubank
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 27 Mar 2015