The Signal, with Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp & Laurence Fishburne. Director, William Eubank. This film picks up after the first twenty minutes of nonsensical melodrama between young people in their early 20’s. Which is a good thing & though Thwaites isn’t fully formed yet, as an actor, he is fascinating to watch because he exudes something of promise.
Thwaites is alright, as a young college student, with an undefined disability, making his way across Nevada with his buddy, moving his girlfriend to a new location. His character doesn’t require too much & his budding talent is unable to really inject anything other than the writers’ vision. That’s fine, with a film that doesn’t rely on character focus.
The movie gets moving pretty quickly, as mentioned above. Melodrama, to decision, to destination & embroilment.
I was a little put off by the cinematography’s jerking back & forth needlessly, but got used to it as things picked up somewhat. It seemed a little predictable, but there are twists & turns to recommend it & it certainly has my A-Okay with the addition of Fishburne. Always an anchor in the storm.