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Broadcast Signal Intrusion

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Confusing creeper may freak teens out; suicide, smoking.

Movie NR 2021 92 minutes
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If you're going to spend 92 minutes diving into a rabbit hole, you want to find something more than fluff like this. This Frightfest script competition winner was inspired by actual pirate transmissions that occurred in 1987 in Chicago, when a person wearing a Max Headroom mask interrupted a couple of TV shows with bizarre statements and behavior. The perpetrator was never caught, and message boards went wild with conspiracy theories. This mystery dives into pockets that are pretty similar but takes the idea further, connecting nefarious behavior to the incidents.

Like a conspiracy theory, the story in Broadcast Signal Intrusion makes leaps that don't make sense and opens threads that are never sewn up. While eventually it becomes clear why James should care, it's hard to understand why anyone else does. With an ending that's open to interpretation, this is ultimately a frustrating quest that most will find fruitless. Take a note from the rabbit: Scurry away.

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