The Sig­nal Tune In, Freak Out

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Dcoun­try to Cal­i­for­nia, MIT stu­dents Nic ( Bren­ton Th­waite), Jonah ( Beau Knapp) and Ha­ley ( Olivia Cooke) de­cide to make a de­tour into New Mex­ico to track down a hacker who has been taunt­ing them on­line. But in­stead Nic finds him­self trapped in an un­der­ground fa­cil­ity con­trolled by a mys­te­ri­ous doc­tor ( Lau­rence Fish­burne) wear­ing a haz­mat suit, who pro­vides more ques­tions but no an­swers.

The Sig­nal is the sec­ond fea­ture from Wil­liam Eubank, direc­tor of 2011’ s Love, about an as­tro­naut stranded on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. “I was fin­ish­ing edit­ing my last film and I was talk­ing with a good friend of mine, David Frige­rio, and my lit­tle brother about get­ting into a project about peo­ple who have been ab­ducted but don’t re­alise they have been ab­ducted, sim­i­lar to a Twi­light Zone type of thing,” says Eubank, who co- wrote the script with his two fel­low con­spir­a­tors. Un­like his claus­tro­pho­bic de­but, the back­drop for The Sig­nal is the sun- baked land­scape of New Mex­ico. “We would get th­ese re­ally wild dust storms out there,” says Eubank. “We were shoot­ing some of the big­ger, heav­ier stuff at the end and this crazy wind­storm just added to the in­ten­sity of the mo­ment. Some­times na­ture would help us and then some­times na­ture would com­pletely shut us down, so it was a dou­bleedged sword.”

Eubank was keen to ex­plore New Mex­ico’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with alien en­coun­ters in the film. “I grew up lov­ing the ro­man­ti­cism and the mys­tery of Area 51,” he says. “I love things that get into clichés or tropes in a round­about way, they don’t start look­ing like they are go­ing in that di­rec­tion and then sud­denly they are. It’s a fun way to ex­plore the things that we know in pop cul­ture.”

But The Sig­nal doesn’t come at the aliens head- on. “There are a lot of fish­bowl shots and the fish are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a world and per­spec­tive that only they can know. They’re stuck in that bowl,” he says. “I al­ways thought that if aliens re­ally wanted to study us they would have to cre­ate some­thing that can com­mu­ni­cate and work with us. If we wanted to study bee­tles we’d have to make some strange lit­tle bee­tle that could ac­tu­ally com­mu­ni­cate and talk with other bee­tles. It’s just a weird con­cept that we ap­plied to the movie.” The Sig­nal opens in cine­mas on 27 March.

sci- fact!

Is Lau­rence Fish­burne about to present this year’s Bud­get?

Won­der if they do re­quests?

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.