The Signal

signal poster Focus Features/Automatik Ent./Low Spark Films (2014) 97 min. PG-13

Director: William Eubank

Screenplay: Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank & David Frigerio

Cinematography: David Lanzenberg; Editing: Brian Berdan

Production Design: Meghan C. Rogers; Set Decoration: Michael Flowers

Costumes: Dorotka SapinskaScore: Nima Fakhrara

Stars: Brenton Thwaites (Nic), Olivia Cooke (Haley), Beau Knapp (Jonah), Laurence Fishburne (Damon), Lin Shaye (Mirabelle), Jeffrey Grover (Gas Station Clerk), Robert Longstreet (James), Patrick Davidson (Boy Playing Claw Game)  

Nearly kicked out of college when falsely accused of hacking MIT servers, three friends head toward the West Coast. Angry over the degenerative muscular disorder that has reduced him to relying on forearm crutches, whiz kid Nic (Brenton Thwaites) has been drawing further and further away from girlfriend Haley (Olivia Cooke) since he began losing control of his legs. He fears her cross country transfer signals the end of their relationship. Nic’s old track partner Jonah (Beau Knapp), a computer geek accompanying the couple on this road trip, traces an intermittent homing signal through the Southwest desert to its source of origin, where the indignant trio intends to confront the perpetrator really responsible for sabotaging their academic careers, a malicious internet lurker who goes by the handle NOMAD.

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