The Signal

Summary:


Rating: PG-13


Could I have watched this with my Dad? : I did, yes.


Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Maybe.


Language: Minimal use of mild language.


Sex/Romance: A smidge of "romance," heavy on the bunny ears.


Violence/Gore: Some violence and death, not much in the way of gore.


Music: A good pulse behind the action.


Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterward? : No.


Was there a food pairing? : Pizza! The classic "Mom is gone, it's just me and dad now" food! 😉


Thoughts:

  • This movie does not pass the sexy lamp test.

  • The single female character wasn't even a character. She could easily have been replaced by a little brother, a dog, a cardboard cutout. Pathetic.

  • Character motivations were severely lacking.

  • My dad and I both guessed the "big twist" right from the start. And we were right. This was a pretty big blow as the ending, then, was rendered even more lackluster as really none of it came as a surprise to us.

  • The concept was originally captivating, but the movie proved to be lacking in execution. All the parts never really came together for a cohesive whole.

  • The movie started in one place with a pretty specific vibe and then took things somewhere totally different. Instead of blowing my mind it just gave me whiplash.

  • At the same time, I felt the creators tried to push the concept too far. By the end, it felt they had lost track of the original vision for the movie (if it ever had one).

From looking at other people's reviews, it seems at least some portion of viewers had their minds blown and enjoyed it. However, for myself and my father I have to say it was disappointing in the extreme.



In the End: 1.5 out of 5 stars. It had the potential to be so much more.



Dad's Thoughts: Upon our discussion the day after watching it and my urging to evaluate the female presence in the movie, he also gave it only 1.5 stars. We agreed, it only earned those 1.5 stars because it originally piqued our interest and because it held our interest well enough for us to finish the movie. He said he liked the concept, but it could have been executed so much better. He even stated that the lone female character could have been easily replaced by a dog and I agreed that I would have cared more about a dog than I did about the weak, utterly useless female they put in.

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