The Signal

Release Date: February 22, 2008
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Limited release

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After using the shovel and the golf club for their unintended purpose, there were...regrets.

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91/102 Max Braden This would have been much more thrilling if it had been about hackers and not aliens - the ending is just annoying.

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"Marge, the doll is trying to kill me and the toaster has been laughing at me." Only the seven people who have seen Dead Silence can confirm that Homer is right about the former statement, but the latter one is not as crazy as one would expect of a man who wears the occasional pink shirt. In fact, we have all been sitting there in traffic and had the urge to wound fellow drivers, generally those who are paying more attention to their cell phone conversations than the road. The trick with this movie is that it's the talkative who will be acting on their aggressions. Due to a ubiquitous signal, cell phone users, television viewers and radio listeners (assuming there are any of those left) hear a voice that tells them to kill things.

While this might not sound unique on its own (and probably sounds like vaguely like last year's disaster, Pulse), The Signal is getting tremendous buzz due to the insightful way the stories are made modular. Three aspects are divided into "transmissions", allowing the movie to paint a broader picture in a manner not unlike Krzysztof Kieslowski's work with the Colors trilogy. Of course, it's a bit different here since The Signal is unmistakably - in fact, proudly - a splatterfest with gore aplenty. The project strikes BOP as the most novel small scale film since 2004's Primer. (David Mumpower/BOP)

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Main Cast A.J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Cheri Christian
Supporting Cast Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaujah
Director David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
Screenwriter David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
Distributor Magnolia Pictures
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Rating R
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