Gareth Edwards' Monsters appeared on the movie scene, heralding a fellow who showed us he could do a whole lot with very little -- budget-wise, anyway. I was not much of a fan of that film although I did love the amazing finale. This year, we have another movie I suspect will help its creator(s) find more work in Hollywood by offering up a low-budget sci-fi movie that may be slow-going and somewhat repetitive as it moves along but opens up into a crackerjack finale that looks simply fabulous, albeit perused and reworked from a number of other fantasy films. (This is something Monsters did not do: Whatever you felt about the movie as a whole, its ending was an original).
David Lanzenberg) makes fine use of both the outdoor scenes and the sci-fi-like interiors, and the performances are fine, so far as they go (which is not very).
The Twilight Zone. Instead we get three times that length -- just so we can be impressed with the razz-a-ma-tazz ending?
Focus Features and running 97 minutes, The Signal opens this Friday, June 13, in New York and environs (at various AMC and Regal theaters), all over the Los Angeles area (at various AMC, Laemmle, Pacific and Regal venues) and in the Chicago area (at AMC theaters in Chicago, Skokie and South Barrington). Check your local listings for specifics.