The Signal….The Movie

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Years ago, I figured out a foolproof way of deciding which movies to watch. If Siskel and Ebert said it sucked, I’d love it. If they raved, I ran for my life.

I don’t follow reviewers these days, but I suspect I may not be alone in my taste for what’s good and what’s an insult to the industry. So I’ll share some of my impressions here on the blockchain, and you can let me know what you think in the comments.

A couple of nights ago, I watched The Signal. It stars Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, and Beau Knapp, and was directed by William Eubank. You can catch it on Netflix streaming.

I would give it three stars out of five. Meaning that if you don’t have anything else in your “to watch” queue then go ahead and pull the trigger on this one. It’s a way to kill a couple hours. The plot has one of those odd flash-back-and-forth timelines that can work really well…or not at all. The Director of The Signal missed the mark for me, but your mileage may vary.

The basic premise is that two computer guys go head to head with an unknown hacker. They decide to track him down to flaunt their skills. You can only imagine how that worked out for them.

The movie has a good concept but I don’t believe they were able to deliver on it. The ending ended the movie. That’s pretty much all I can say about it. I suspect the real ending wound up on the cutting room floor by mistake and somebody forgot to glue it back on.

If you crave serious entertainment, there are better movies out there. I’ve seen a few of them. I’m not sorry I watched The Signal, but those two hours would probably have been better spent browsing ebay for can’t-miss deals.

If you’ve seen The Signal, tell me what you thought about it. I’d love to hear your opinion.