The Signal: A Cinderella Story?
The Signal is rare: it's a small-budget indie sci-fi thriller. It was made for around $4 million, and stars Laurence Fishburne, alongside three relatively unknown actors. The cast and crew spent last summer filming - five weeks in New Mexico and one week in Northeast Ohio.
Producer Tyler Davidson is positively gushing over the finished product. He first read the script for "The Signal" in the summer of 2012. "I've always been kind of a closet sci-fi geek," he said, "But what really sold me was... writer-director William Eubank." Davidson went on to praise Eubank's first feature, "Love," which was also full of mind-blowing effects made on a minuscule budget. "I thought, if this guy could do that with nothing, what if we actually gave him some resources?"
What happened was a breathtaking film that balances action with clever twists. The story follows a trio that is mysteriously drawn to the Nevada desert (Area 51, perhaps?), where they black out and wake up in what appears to be a government medical facility.
The Signal hits theaters on Friday the 13th (spooky), but hopefully the box office numbers will not be cursed with bad luck. Early critical buzz is mixed, with approximately half giving the film a thumbs-up. That being said, Eubanks' direction is unanimously praised thus far, and the underdog narrative should be more than enough to draw in numbers that will offset the film's miniscule budget.