The Signal

Synopsis: On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director(s): William Eubank
Production: Focus Features
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Which one are you

going for, bud?

The white one?

With goggles?

Okay, I'm gonna show you

how to get there. Okay?

Okay, you're gonna follow

this line till it gets to...

Till it gets to

this circle, okay?

When it hits that circle,

you press the button.

Then you're gonna

follow this bottom line

until it gets to this circle.

Then you press the button,

okay? Got it?

Okay, you got any money?

Okay, well, here's $1.

Good luck.


Nomad's back.

He's messing with us again.

What did he say?

"Your hack into MI servers was legit."

That was fast.

"Ta, ta, ta."

What is that?

"They put that shit on us.

"We almost got expelled."


Who's this Vibes?

Okay, guy.

"We're going to

expose you at DEF CON,

"so you better

watch your back."

Dude, what is that?

What the...

Go into the building.

Get the Pwnie.

All right, let's do this.

Open up a Linux terminal and start an Nmap,


Haley's gonna have

to drive tomorrow.

Hey, focus.

That's what I'm saying,

I won't be able to.


she's the one moving,

so technically

she should be driving.

Is it open yet?

In a sec.

Okay, I'm good.


Okay, type something.

I'm trying to think

of something funny.


"Do androids take

an electric sheet?"

You're stupid.

Okay, read me out the IPs

on the C&C servers.

"192. 236. 19. 147."

Start sniffing connections.

Copy that.

Firing up the listeners.

All right,

this guy's toast.


Dude, we're going

right through Nevada.

We got him.

We got him!

Are you guys being

serious right now?

Well, you're driving

in the morning,

so good night.

I'd like to see you make me,

you Caltech turncoat.

Haley, this fish tank's

leaking something.

It's water, Jonah.

It's gross.

Shut up.

You Caltech turncoats.

Dude, can you stop saying that?

Signal sucks out here.

You're right, it does suck.

Hey, you want one of these?

No, I'm good, thanks.

You want?



Check this out.

What the hell?

Why isn't that working?

Is that my car?


It's a traffic camera.

This guy is so gnarly.

How does he have

a picture of my car?

Hold on a sec.

Why would this guy go to all

the trouble to hack into MIT,

and then, you know,

just taunt us like this?

The same reason anyone does anything.


"I'm better than you,

you're better than me," whatever.

Here, dude, I can't unlock it.

You try.

You guys should just

stop provoking him.

He's probably

just some little kid.

Nic, are we doing this or not?

I can't, dude.

What do you mean, you can't?

I just can't right now.


I get we have to take Haley to California.

But there's no reason

we shouldn't do this, too.

Nomad hacking into MIT is one thing,

but Haley's computer?

No, but it's crazy

not to go after this guy.

Jonah, what's the sales tax?

We're so close.


It's on the way.


You can keep the change.

You guys want something?



Yeah, I'd love a coffee.


There you go.

Yeah, please.


Has Nic said anything

to you about me moving?



No, obviously he's bummed you're

gonna be gone for a year.

It just seems like

he's trying to

distance himself

from me, you know?

Look, you guys

are my best friends,

and I'm just...

I'm the wrongest guy to ask.


Oh, crap.


You all right, bud?

I'm fine.


I'm fine, I'm fine.

I'm gonna get more coffees.

I'm gonna move the car.

Best friends!

Is this one mine?


I already put two in.

I got it.

Nic, I offer to help not

because I think you need it,

but because I know you don't.

Yeah, well, you won't have to

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Carlyle Eubank

Carlyle Eubank is an American writer and screenwriter. His 2014 film The Signal, starring Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, and Olivia Cooke, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released in US theaters on June 13 by Focus Features. more…

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