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A decent sci-fi movie, but it could have been much better
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2018
I probably liked it a little more than 3 stars, but that's only because I find Olivia Cooke's take on the characters she portrays endlessly fascinating (check her out in the film Thoroughbreds). And the Laurence Fishburne reveal at the end was a true surprise. But the ending was unexpected only because it didn't really connect to the bulk of the story that preceded it. You never get a handle on what the "signal" actually is or the reason behind why the subjects have alien appendages after encountering the mysterious whatever-happened-to-them. The acting is very good despite the plot holes, though, and you do feel for the young college age characters, if only because you as the audience are as tortured and confused about what's going on as they are. It's not a bad movie, it's just that the key moments feel rushed where a little more exposition would have helped the story.