The Signal

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The Signal

Post by jonbly » Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:55 pm

Do you have the crazy?

Great stuff. The final scenes in Terminal 13 could have been stronger - in particular, it's a real let down that the girl has been exposed to the Signal and is, by now, completely nuts. But hey. Transmission 2 in particular was just excellent.

9/10

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Post by AdeBrown » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:21 am

The SIgnal is great. Just VERY GOOD.
Our heroine, Mya, goes home after a bit of infidelity and notices people in her block are acting strangely - pointless rage causing violent bloody murders. This is triggered by a transmission from every TV and phone and radio. Of course her husband, Lewis has reason to be paranoid but circumstances rapidly get out of control. Then a surreal twist as some of the central cast arrive at the home of Ken and Anna - she's already had to kill him because of him getting "the crazy" but she is not ... quite.

You get more insight into the crazies' motivations, Lewis manages to rationalise his actions and hold himself together and a couple of characters find ways of coping with the distorted thinking. The cocktail party goes ahead - it's Anna's only link to sanity. And eventually Lewis' insanity turns back on himself.

The Frightfest review says "an American 28 Days Later", but add Shaun of the Dead to the mix. A contender for my top three films so far.

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Post by Jekyll » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:27 pm

Bit of a mixed bag this being done as three separate segments with different directors I believe.

Admittedly when it seemed to slip into full on zomcom in the middle segment I enjoyed it a bit more.

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Post by lupogirl » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:10 pm

Rather enjoyed the Transmission Two segment. Thought that was very amusing. All sitting there,blood spattered eating pretzels. I thought was funny. The last third segment was very downbeat. Did not really enjoy that one as much.

This film did remind of The Pulse a little bit. The reliance on technology.
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Post by iam_dan » Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:31 am

really enjoyed this in a twisted kinda way giving the different segments with different styles certainly made it a not sure whats happening next kind of feel

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Post by DavieT » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:44 am

Good all round but Transmission 2 was the stand out best part.

The thing that came to mind immediately was isnt this a bit like Steven King's Cell - but I think the book came out later?

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Post by maxmum » Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:45 am

:lol:

I found parts of Signal hilareous!!!

The cocktail party.... :lol:

One of my faves of the weekend

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Post by thesavageintruder » Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:31 pm

This was an ace little movie. And Stephen King's CELL (which itself is desperately derivative of lots of earlier movies and novels, including King's own stuff!) actually came out while this movie was in post production...personally i think THE SIGNAL did a better job of a similar premise.

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Post by maxmum » Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:32 pm

Yeah I was thinking of the cell when I watched this.... good little book too.

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Post by Reanimator » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:35 pm

Excellent movie with a good script and some nice ideas with some nice gore too - one of the best of the weekend

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Post by Gungrave » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:49 pm

Long wait for this to appear from the earliest murmurs to now....



Well worth the wait. My fave movie of the festival. I'm getting deja vu...im sure i typed this somewhere else on here.

Great idea, superb manouvering around not having a budget. Middle section was so damn funny and as a 3 parter teh 3 directors really worked amazingly well together.

Recommending this to anyone who will listen :roll:
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Post by xLeft For Deadx » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:04 pm

From what I'd read about this, I was just expecting it to be a tesco value version of 28 days later - so I was pleasantly suprised. I thought the first two parts were far stronger than the third, but overall it won me over.

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Post by soulmining » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:57 pm

One of my favourites of the festival, was just raw and gripping. Was really surprised at the shift in tone for the second part, but it worked well. Final part wasn't quite so good, but a great effort overall. Was really worried when it first started, thank goodness those first scenes were just a film within a film as I was already contemplating heading to the exits!!
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Post by rawshark » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:14 pm

I agree with soulmining - one of my top three of the fest.

Parts one and two were amazing pieces of film-making, and the tonal shifts between Transmissions 1 and 2 fitted extremely well within the logic of the film itself.

Ok, maybe there was too many scenes of 'The Signal' itself, and the third part was a slight let-down, but overall this was very strong indie filmmaking and it's no wonder the Weinsteins snapped it up in seconds at Sundance...
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Post by scrobble » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:28 pm

I quite enjoyed this when watching it, particularly the 2nd section, but overall it wasn't one of my favourites (Mr Scrobble, on the other hand, really loved it - so each to their own and all).

It didn't stick in my mind after watching, though, which films I've really enjoyed tend to do - I think part of that stemmed from the fact I couldn't really warm to Mya and her lover for whatever reason.

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