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Mark Newton

Are you fed up formulaic sci-fi involving massive CGI robots and monsters? Well, fear not, because there is a whole slew of cerebral and original science fiction out there in the vast unknown. Take for example, The Signal, a new sci-fi thriller by William Eubank, which took the Sundance Film Festival by storm.

First of all this movie shouldn't be confused with the 2007 horror film of the same name. That movie kind of stank, while The Signal (2014) has done a good job of wowing almost every critic and audience member who has cast eyes on it.

The film, which stars Laurence Fishburne, is low-budget fare, being made on a shoe-string budget of only around $4 million. However, despite this minute budget, it has widely been praised for its visuals and story. You can find out more in this review roundup.

So what is it all about? The Signal follows three college students who head on a Southwest American road trip. Sounds pretty cliche, so far, right? Well, there's a difference. The trio are actually on the search for a computer genius who hacked into MIT and exposed major security faults. Soon, the gang find themselves in an eerie, isolated area when suddenly they all lost consciousness. When one of the students, Nic, comes round, he finds himself in a waking nightmare.

So far there isn't a whole lot of additional The Signal goodies out there. But with a domestic release pending, I'm sure we can expect trailers, images and more to hit the web in due time. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for them.

As well as Matrix star, Fishburne, the movie also stars Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke and Beau Knapp. After success at Sundance and the Baja Film Festival, the film has been picked up by the Cutting Edge Group for distribution. It's expected in theaters on June 13.

What do you think? Does this sound like something you'd be interested in? What is your favorite indie or cult sci-fi? Let us know below.


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