Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Signal (2007)


--Reviewed by Lindy Loo


Plotline: What appears to be bad tv reception is apparently much more sinister--a transmission that, filtered through tvs, cell phones, and the like--is turning people insane and causing them to kill one another.

Scariness factor: There were some good tense moments. And the idea--as it played out--was spooky (though not terribly original).



Gross-Out Factor: Pretty gross. It's definitely not left up to the imagination.

Complaints: There was a jarring change in mood about midway through the movie--it went from really kind of intense to weirdly funny. And although the funny parts WERE actually funny, it felt kind of inconsistent in comparison to the beginning. Also, it was a bit TOO cloyingly artsy fartsy at times. (It had moments where it felt like it was really trying too hard to be indie.)

High Points: There seriously are a couple really good white-knuckled, OMGTHEY'REGONNAGETHER scenes, and I was impressed by those. There are also some haunting scenes--the way the transmission takes over people is blunt and disturbing. And spooky.



Overall: I enjoyed this. N/A (my dude) said it was terrible, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. It's no classic, but it's definitely tons better than a lot of the garbage coming out (*COUseriouslydowereallyneedanotherremakeofaclassicGH* *SNEFridaythe13thEZE*), and thinking back, I'd recommend it.

Grade: B/B+

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6 Comments:

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Amanda said...

RE: the jarring change of moods. This is because 3 different directors were in charge of the 3 different sections of the movie where it changes moods like that. Thus 3 different perspectives, as they didn't know the mood or direction that the others were taking. Which is pretty cool when you think about it.

I loved how it was funny and then freaky and then funny. I loved the funny bits more than the others, but it was extra special awesome when you were laughing just before getting grossed out about seeing someone's head get bashed in.

 
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