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By James Whittington, Saturday 19th March 2022 Broadcast Signal Intrusion Lightbulb Film Distribution Certificate 15 ****
Over the years there's been a considerable amount of conspiracy theory themed movies, mostly inspired by The X-Files TV series. Few were able to carry the idea across a feature length movie, but Broadcast Signal Intrusion manages to grip and captivate with a running narrative that constantly twists its form into a very chilling experience. Image if David Lynch was given an episode of The X-Files to direct his would be the one.
The premise is very simple but direct, set in the late 90s, James, a video archivist unearths a series of sinister pirate broadcasts and becomes obsessed with uncovering the conspiracy behind them.
With an enigmatic central performance from Harry Shum Jr as the obsessed archivist, the movie is a focused excursion into life and its meaning. Shum Jr gives James real depths of sadness, need and want and a valid reason as to why he becomes so focused on these strange pieces of badly shot video.
Characters come and go adding mystery to the situation without them feeling like after thoughts or just padding to the run time as well as the odd piece of brutality and violence. Director Jacob Gentry gives a confident pace to the movie, it's a slow-burner which allows much-needed development to the story and characters.
The video pieces which are used for the intrusions are superbly shot, looking authentic, raw and totally unnerving. They look like the real deal and if you compare these with actual footage of the more infamous signal hijacks such as the Max Headroom ones during 1987 you can full appreciate the detail on show.
Broadcast Signal Intrusion is a movie which stands up to repeated viewing so you can appreciate the delicate period touches as well as appreciating the subtle pieces of characterisation which add much to the atmosphere and tension.
Well worth tuning in to.
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